The Newcastle duo made a combined 71 appearances last season.
Newcastle United have been handed a huge boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal Saturday, as manager Rafa Benitez has announced midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie will be fit to play.
Ritchie has been missed Newcastle's last league game against Manchester City with a knee injury - which also kept him from representing Scotland during the international break - while Shelvey has missed the club's last three matches due to a thigh problem.
According to the Newcastle Chronicle, however, speaking in his press conference ahead of the weekend, Benitez confirmed that both players would be in the squad for the Gunners' visit to St James' Park on the weekend.
The duo were two of the Toon's most influential attacking players last season, and Benitez, who has been heavily criticised in recent weeks for his conservative game plans, will surely be glad to have them back.
Arsenal have had a shaky start to the season under new manager Unai Emery, and with their dismal recent away record in the Premier League - just five wins in their last 21 away games - the Newcastle boss may fancy his chances on Saturday.
Newcastle fans will hope that the return of Ritchie and Shelvey can provide their side with the attacking impetus they need to get a result against Arsenal, and some have taken to Twitter to express their enthusiasm at the pair's availability:
Good because we've missed Shelvey & Ritchie two of Newcastle Utd best players— Ghosted G (@g_ghosted) September 14, 2018
Fingers crossed Rondon is in a bullying mood and Shelvey can work some magic— James Campbell (@JamCam80s) September 14, 2018
yes lads— keira (@devotedrandy) September 14, 2018
Fantastic— Johnny evans (@Johnnye_bigboy) September 14, 2018
Come on the TOON
Get in there.— Jack Charlton (@7Ronni) September 14, 2018
Great to see them back.— Mark T. Fleming. (@NorthernSoulMod) September 14, 2018
Fcb. Get out of OUR CLUB!!
Ritchie & shelvey back— Daniel Barfield (@_DanielBarfield) September 14, 2018
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