Rafael Benitez believes Ciaran Clark's return is good news for Newcastle United

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

Ciaran Clark has been unavailable with injury for Newcastle United's last six matches.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has confirmed at his latest press conference that Ciaran Clark is back in Newcastle United training, as the defender steps up his recovery from injury.

Clark has missed Newcastle’s last six matches, as he has been on the treatment table.

However, the 27-year-old could be involved in Newcastle’s next match, which comes against Preston North End on Monday night.

Unfortunately for Newcastle, the news of Clark’s return was coupled with the blow that Dwight Gayle will be unavailable.

Clark’s importance to Newcastle’s team has been highlighted during his time on the sidelines, as the Magpies’ form has dipped badly in recent weeks.

Benitez’s side have struggled for victories, and were beaten 3-1 by Ipswich Town in their last outing.

Newcastle now have work to do, if they are to save their place in the Championship’s top two.

The North East side need to win two of their final three fixtures to ensure promotion.

Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark reacts

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