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Anita's back

Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita has made a "miraculous" recovery from the back injury which saw him carried from the field on a stretcher on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Holland international left the pitch in agony during the 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Southampton but was back on his feet soon after the final whistle and appears to have made a full recovery.

Assistant coach Paul Simpson told the club's official website,; "He's had a little bit of grief about that because it's been a proper miraculous recovery - stretchered off on Sunday and fit to train on Wednesday.

"But it was a real concern at the time because he took a really heavy, awkward landing in his fall. I'm going to have to give credit to the medical team - they've laid their magic hands on him and he's made a really good recovery.

"He joined in training - hopefully there'll be no reaction from that and we'll have a clean bill of health going into the Swansea fixture."

Head coach Steve McClaren has also been boosted by the return to training of defender Paul Dummett and midfielder Remy Cabella after hamstring and thigh injuries respectively.

However, both are still some way away from being available for first-team selection.

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