Sylvain Marveaux’s first season in the Premier League with Newcastle United was dogged by injury, which was to be expected to some extent.
Marveaux arrived from Ligue 1 and Rennes with something of a chequered fitness history, having been plagued by a groin injury throughout the 2010/11 season in France.
This was much the same story the next season, as once again his long-standing groin injury limited the Frenchman to just ten appearances in all competitions for Newcastle in their last campaign.
The 26-year-old visited the world renowned Dr Richard Steadman clinic in Colorado to undertake hip surgery last year in a bid to cure him of his injury troubles once and for all.
It seems to have done Marveaux good, as the tricky winger has come out firing in pre-season, earning the praise of his manager.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: “I do think he is going to have a much bigger season for us if he can stay fit. Marveaux was the pick of the bunch. There were moments of class he produced on the pitch.”
One of those moments was his surging run into the box in the 2-1 friendly win over Braga, which led to a foul from the defender and a penalty awarded to Newcastle, which Ba converted via a rebound to give the Magpies the lead.
There is no doubt that Newcastle haven’t seen the best of the left-sided midfielder to date, but hopefully he can stay fit this season and put an extended run of matches together.
His presence in the squad will only help boost competition for places with Newcastle fighting on both domestic and European fronts this season.
The return of Marveaux is like having a new player for Alan Pardew to select from and hopefully he’ll light up St James’ Park with his mazy runs for Newcastle in the upcoming campaign.