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Matt Ritchie’s return from injury for Newcastle is pivotal

Matt Ritchie laughs during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on September 14, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Matt Ritchie is one of the key players in the Newcastle squad.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Newcastle United have been given a major lift going into the weekend’s Premier League clash at home to Arsenal, as Matt Ritchie is available again after an injury.

The 29-year-old winger is back in contention after missing the defeat to Manchester City before the international break, while central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has also trained ahead of a return.

 

He is one of the most valuable players in Rafael Benitez’s side and it would be a shock not to see him come straight back into the starting XI.

The Magpies have just one point from their opening four league games and are in desperate need of a huge display at St James’ Park against Arsenal to build some momentum.

Ritchie is the type of creator that can spark Newcastle into life and will be praying that lightning strikes twice against London club Arsenal.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea is challenged by Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in...

The Scotland international netted a winning goal at home to the Gunners last season in a 2-1 win and would love a repeat at the weekend.

Ritchie - who earns £45,000-a-week, according to Spotrac.com - has tremendous work-rate down the right flank and his delivery into the box is usually accurate.

He could still yet form an understanding with summer signing Salomon Rondon, who is a powerful centre-forward that should thrive off crosses into the penalty area.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and FC Augsburg at St James' Park on August 4, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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