Report: Saivet in contention for Newcastle clash against Bournemouth

Arouna Kone of Everton is closed down by Fabricio Coloccini and Henri Saivet of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison...

Henri Saivet has endured a difficult spell with Newcastle since joining in 2016.

Henri Saivet (L), of Newcastle United on the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United FC and West Bromwich Albion FC at St James' Park on February 6, 2016 in...

Henri Saivet is in contention to feature in Newcastle United's Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday at St. James' Park, according to the Evening Chronicle.

The 27-year-old has re-emerged into the fold after being frozen out since his move to Tyneside in January 2016 from Bordeaux, failing to make any kind of impact under Steve McClaren and then Rafa Benitez.

However, Saivet could now be in line for just his sixth Newcastle appearance after the impressive Mikel Merino is still suffering with a back injury, with it yet to be made clear how long he will be sidelined.

Mikel Merino of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017...

Former Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden is also struggling for fitness and he is a doubt for Saturday's clash in the north east, which saw him drop to the substitutes' bench for Monday's loss to Burnley.

If Hayden is not deemed 100 per cent fit, then Benitez will have to choose between either Mo Diame or Saivet to start alongside Jonjo Shelvey against Eddie Howe's Cherries.

Saivet has appeared as an unused substitute three times in the Premier League this season, but has made just one appearance for the Toon during the 3-2 loss to Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle...

He spent the entire 2016-17 season on loan with Ligue 1 side St. Etienne, where he impressed during his 35 league and cup appearances for Les Verts.

Now, he could finally be given a second chance at Newcastle if Benitez decides to throw him in at the deep end against Bournemouth in what is likely to be viewed as a winnable fixture by the Spanish boss.

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