Rafael Benitez provides fitness update on Newcastle United's Florian Lejeune and Jesus Gamez

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Rafael Benitez has almost a fully fit squad to chose from at Newcastle United.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium in...

Rafael Benitez has confirmed ‘good news’ for Newcastle United in the Chronicle, with both Jesus Gamez and Florian Lejeune returning to fitness.

Newcastle are currently without a number of first-team players, due to injury.

However, Islam Slimani, Gamez and Lejeune are all set to return in the near future - which makes Benitez’s options look a lot stronger.

And the Spanish boss confirmed that he has held discussions with Gamez over his fitness recently.

Renato Sanches of Swansea City and Jesus Gamez of Newcastle United in action  during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10,...

“Gamez is getting better,” Benitez revealed.

“I was talking to him and he says he feels better.

“Lejeune has also been training with the team and that’s also good news.”

Gamez and Lejeune have both struggled badly with injury this season, with neither really able to show their top form at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Gamez arrived back in 2016, but he has only played a handful of matches during his time in the North East, while Lejeune arrived last summer. 

Gamez has played just three times across all competitions, and Lejeune has made just 12 appearances in the Premier League.

Newcastle’s next match comes against Manchester United on Sunday, and it remains to be seen whether either of the returning defensive pair will come back into the Magpies’ starting line-up.

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