Date: 9th December 2020 at 8:30pm
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Some good news finally emerged in that Newcastle United players finally returned to the club’s training ground after the coronavirus outbreak, according to The Athletic

Indeed, the game with West Brom is scheduled to be played as normal from 3pm at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, though it’s unclear as to what sort of team Steve Bruce will be able to field.

Either way, however, this has to be seen as a good thing.

Even if the players available cannot beat West Brom, adding to the backlog of games would be far from ideal and it’s one of the easier fixtures when judging off this season’s form at the very least.

As bad as Newcastle have been at times this season, Bruce has previously praised his players as being to able to ‘shut out the noise’ and get on with it, so it’s not as if they’re incapable of reacting to adversity.

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If they can win after missing a game and presumably with a depleted squad, you’d have to suggest they’d have gone some way into ensuring they won’t be dragged into a relegation scrap later in the season, as they’d be just under halfway to the magic 40 points even before Christmas.

A far from ideal situation but this certainly is good news as Newcastle look to get their season back underway.

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