Photo: 17-year-old 'keeper Paul Woolston trains with Newcastle United first-team

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The teenager is a former Sunderland youngster.

Newcastle United take on Arsenal on Saturday in a game that will not be welcomed with too many open arms.

After their back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Spurs things have gone awry. They drew with Aston Villa before losing to Everton and West Brom in their last two games.

Arsenal meanwhile top the Premier League table and have won their last four games at The Emirates Stadium.

Newcastle will also go into the game with a mini goalkeeper crisis.

Tim Krul is out injured with a serious knee problem whilst Rob Elliot is struggling badly with a winter stomach virus.

Karl Darlow is therefore expected to man the sticks for The Toon, with Freddie Woodman in reserve.

With those injuries in mind it gave a chance for one young stopper to get involved in first-team training earlier today.

Paul Woolston is a 17-year-old stopper who has been with the club since 2013.

He left Sunderland that year, the club he supported as a boy, and made his debut for the Newcastle Under-21s aged just 15.

An England youth international he lists Leicester City goalie Kasper Schmeichel as one of his heroes on the Newcastle United website - as well as Sunderland and Middlesbrough alumni Julio Arca.

He must have enjoyed getting involved with the first-team players this afternoon.

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