Jonjo Shelvey reveals subtle change as he targets Newcastle return against Tottenham

By Chris Knight

Jonjo Shelvey has revealed he is working with a nutritionist as part of his latest recovery from injury as he aims to make his return against Tottenham.

The Newcastle United playmaker banked valuable minutes in the under-23s thumping home victory over Birmingham City on Monday night.

Shelvey is yet to feature for the Magpies since the opening-day defeat to West Ham as a result of successive calf complaints.

The midfielder completed 79 minutes of the Premier League 2 fixture before being replaced by Jack Young, and hopes to be in contention for Sunday's clash against Spurs.

Shelvey also outlined the changes he has made behind the scenes as part of his recovery, including the decision to 'cut out' post-match beers.

He told NUFC TV: "I assume we're going to sit down tomorrow [Tuesday], make a plan and hopefully be involved in some sort against Tottenham.

"Recover tomorrow, train again Wednesday and go from there. I feel good, I've been working with a nutritionist off the pitch so things are looking good.

"It's been teaching me what to eat before a game and after, and cut out the beers after a game!

"I'm going to go back now and get some carbs back in my body, and then go back to no carbs tomorrow."

The most recent calf complaint is the latest in a line of setbacks for Shelvey, who had only just managed his return from the same injury before being struck down again.

He added: "I had got myself back, trained and literally my other calf went straight away. I got back again, and the original one went again.

"It's been frustrating but it looks to be behind me which is the main thing. It's been frustrating watching the games on a Saturday at the stadium and seeing all the support."

The mood on Tyneside has been transformed by the long-awaited takeover, and St James' Park will be a sellout for the televised visit of Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

However, the Magpies remain winless so far this season and a fifth defeat in eight league games would only deepen relegation fears, despite the end of the Mike Ashley era.

Reflecting on the takeover announcement, Shelvey said: "It's been massive news for the fans and the club. It's terrific, but all that matters now is obviously Sunday. We've really got to put a show on for the fans and I'm sure they will be behind us as they usually are.

"I've heard it's a sellout, and I'm looking to hopefully playing a part in it."


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