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280 days later, Irish defender makes Premier League return

Ciaran Clark had a long spell out injured, but is back fit again.

Ciaran Clark pictured warming up prior to today's game.
Ciaran Clark pictured warming up prior to today's game.
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CIARAN CLARK MADE his Newcastle return today, 280 days after his last Premier League outing.

The defender suffered an ankle injury while playing in his side’s 4-0 loss against Arsenal on 16 February 2020.

Clark has gradually recovered since then, making two EFL Cup appearances earlier in the season, while he was a late call-up for Ireland’s recent Nations League games, though didn’t feature in the matches.

And today, the 31-year-old continued his recovery, earning a first Premier League start of the season, as Steve Bruce’s side were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea.

And there was also good news for another Irish international today.

Jayson Molumby came off the bench in the 89th minute for his Premier League debut.

The 21-year-old midfielder already has five Ireland caps, and took another big step in his development, as Brighton beat Aston Villa 2-1 this afternoon.

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