Newcastle United training gallery; Henri Saivet shows his face

Newcastle United's Senegalese midfielder Henri Saivet (C) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in...

Henri Saivet hasn't kicked a ball in the Premier League for Newcastle United, but is the door open for a return?

Henri Saivet will surely try to leave Newcastle United in January. The Senegalese attacking midfielder hasn't even been named in a Premier League squad all season and his only football outside of development games came in one League Cup appearance earlier in the campaign.

Steve McClaren spent £5 million on bringing the 27-year-old to Newcastle almost two years ago but his first-team chances are looking very bleak.

Completely ostracised by Rafael Benitez, he was however included in the Spaniard's first-team training session on Thursday afternoon so perhaps the door is not completely closed.

But one thing is for certain: Saivet, who spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne, needs to seriously impress Benitez over the next month or so if he is to avoid leaving in January.

Newcastle tried to offload him in the summer but Saviet later told The Chronicle that he was determined to stay and win his place, though that was back in September and so far his effort has been utterly futile.

Nevertheless, his presence in training is a promising, if subtle, sign that there's a way back into first-team contention, but it seems wholly unlikely.

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The Magpies, who have lost five of their last six Premier League games and only sit five points above the drop zone, host Leicester City on Saturday.

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