Paul Dummett is reportedly nearing the end of his injury nightmare after missing much of the current season with a hamstring strain.
The full-back has sat out the past eight Newcastle matches due to the issue he picked up on the opening day of the season.
However, the Shields Gazzette has claimed that Dummett could return to the first-team fold in the next four weeks, and provide manager Rafael Benitez would a huge injury boost ahead of the fixture packed festive period.
Dummett lasted just seven minutes of the Magpies' 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on 15th August - the 26-year-old pulling up with yet another hamstring injury as his campaign got off to the worst possible start.
Benitez has claimed that Dummet would only miss a fortnight's worth of action, but clearly the problem has been much more severe than the Spaniard anticipated.
As such, the Wales international has begun another arduous rehabilitation programme to try and get to the bottom of an injury that just doesn't seem to be going away for him.
Five of Dummett's last six major injuries have all been hamstring strains stretching all the way back to the 2013/14 campaign and, while it was a knee complaint that kept him out of action for the longest period in his career, his hamstrings have provided plenty of set backs for him.
The Newcastle academy product has missed 25 matches over the past four-and-a-bit seasons due to ongoing muscle problems down the back of his leg, with his latest issue keeping him on the sidelines for the longest time so far.
Dummett has made 122 appearances in all competitions since making his senior bow for Newcastle in the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City back in August 2013.