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Toon in training: Buzzing for the Hornets

Newcastle may have lost their last three games, but the players are still in a positive frame of mind if our latest training gallery is anything to go by.

Watford are the next visitors to St. James' Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm UK time) and United have been boosted by Mikel Merino returning to full training this week.

Serena Taylor brought nufc.co.uk these pictures from Friday's training session... 

The players warm up on a chilly Friday morning

Jonjo Shelvey kicks the ball at our super snapper 

Florian Lejeune prepares for Saturday's game

The players train under a blue sky at United's Benton base

Jacob Murphy will hope to keep his place in the starting XI

Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot

Rafa Benítez watches on from the sidelines

Joselu poses for the camera

Aleksandar Mitrovic is all smiles

Rafa Benítez orchestrates the session

Matt Ritchie has been one of United's key men this season

Mikel Merino was back in full training

Darlow dives to make a save from Mitrovic

Benítez blows his whistle

Massadio Haidara and Joselu play rock, paper, scissors to determine who is 'piggy in the middle'

Ciaran Clark celebrates a goal during training - let's hope for more of the same on Saturday!

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