CALLUM WILSON is winning his battle to regain his fitness ahead of Newcastle United’s return to Premier League action – and is set to be joined by Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin in the squad that will face Tottenham on Sunday.

The anticipated return of all three attackers represents a significant boost to embattled Magpies manager Steve Bruce as he attempts to guide his side to safety in the remaining nine games of the season.

Wilson’s availability is especially welcome, with the striker having scored eight goals more than any other Newcastle player this term. The England international has missed the Magpies’ last six matches since suffering a hamstring injury in last month's win over Southampton, but was back in training in the second half of last week.

Like the rest of Newcastle’s senior squad, he was give some time off at the weekend, but he is on track to step up his work this week and is expected to be part of the squad that will face Tottenham on Sunday.

Saint-Maximin is also expected to be involved against Spurs, although at this stage, it is thought the Frenchman is more likely to feature as a substitute than be selected in the starting side.

Almiron should be part of the starting XI, having swerved international duty with Paraguay as he completes his recovery from a knee problem. The attacking midfielder was part of the side that lost to Brighton ahead of the international break, but did not look fully fit as he laboured at the Amex Stadium. The hope is that, with two more weeks of training under his belt, he will be a much sharper proposition at the weekend.

Almiron caused something of a stir over the weekend after he admitted he would like to play in a team “that fights more” during an interview with Paraguayan radio station ABC Cardinal. His agent, Daniel Campos, has previously suggested his client would have left Tyneside last summer to join Atletico Madrid had the coronavirus pandemic not turned the world upside down, and Almiron’s weekend comments have been interpreted in some quarters as an attempt to pave the way for a possible exit this summer.

Newcastle were linked with an £8m move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ayer over the weekend, although their summer business will be dependent on the outcome of their survival bid.