Coventry boss confirms new Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has met with Adam Armstrong and discusses whether he thinks loan will be terminated

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The 19-year-old has been in sensational form for the League One side this season.

Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Adam Armstrong has temporarily returned to his parent club Newcastle United to meet the club's new manager Rafael Benitez, but suggested that he does not expect the Spaniard to recall the 19-year-old from his loan spell to help the Magpies' survival bid in the Premier League, the Coventry Telegraph reports.

Armstrong has been in stunning form for the Sky Blues this term. And while Mowbray confirmed that the striker did return to St James' Park to meet the former Real Madrid boss, he predicted that he will remain at the Ricoh Arena for the rest of the campaign. 

"Arma was back there on Sunday and went and spoke to Rafa," he told the Coventry Telegraph.

"He was given two days off after the match on Saturday and went home with his family and I think he went in off his own bat. I don't think he was called in. Bottom line is he's a Newcastle player.

"I watched them against Leicester on Monday night on the telly and I thought they were unfortunate not to get anything," he added.

"I am not sitting here overly concerned because I don't think he's going to be recalled. And if he does then we'll have to get on with it."

While the 19-year-old has very little experience of playing in the top flight, it would not be a huge surprise if Benitez felt his return could boost their hopes of avoiding relegation. 

Armstrong has scored 19 goals for Coventry this season, which makes him the second highest goalscorer in the third tier. And with Newcastle's top goalscorer in the league boasting just nine goals, and their highest scoring striker just six, Benitez would surely be forgiven for thinking that the addition of a fresh face, who has been in excellent form elsewhere, would give them a better chance of beating the drop. 

And with Mowbray confirming that the pair have now met, it seems that he is certainly an option that Benitez is considering heading into the final nine games of the campaign. 

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