Moussa Sissoko could return to action for Newcastle this weekend.
Despite returning to training, Moussa Sissoko must not play for Newcastle against Huddersfield this weekend.
The French midfielder has made no secret of his desire to leave, but is yet to receive his wish and is still contracted at St James' Park going into the final three weeks of the transfer window.
Having reached the final of Euro 2016 with France, Sissoko was given an extended rest period, but is now back at Newcastle and could be involved in their first home game of the season against Huddersfield.
Rafael Benitez's side lacked attacking impetus against Fulham, which the 26-year-old would certainly bring, but Newcastle's number seven would most likely be an unwelcome figure at St James' Park on Saturday.
it will be Newcastle's first home game of the season, and their first competitive home game since manager Benitez committed his future to the club. The game is a sell out. 52,000 fans, most of whom will be there in black and white, cheering on their team and thanking Benitez for taking the step down to the Championship.
One man they won't want to see is Moussa Sissoko.
The atmosphere at St James' Park can give players that extra 10 per cent and it can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing. The Newcastle faithful can very much be the 12th man.
It will be electric on Saturday with a lot of positive vibes surrounding the club as of late, despite losing their first game against Fulham. However, an appearance from Sissoko could change that atmosphere from sweet to sour, and that could have an adverse affect on the rest of the Newcastle team.
Despite being a star of Euro 2016, the Frenchman has still been unable to get what he desires. Newcastle may see this as another chance to put him in the shop window, but Sissoko should not be afforded the opportunity to impress any potential suitors.
Newcastle hold all the aces. They do not have to sell Sissoko for financial gain and will not lose their man for any less than they think he is worth.
The club have worked all pre-season with a set of players, most of whom want to play for Newcastle United, and putting a man who has actively said he does not want to be on Tyneside could be detrimental to the Magpies.
Newcastle need to win on Saturday, but they can do that without Moussa Sissoko.