Ferguson happy to wait turn

Newcastle left-back came through reserve outing unscathed

Shane Ferguson: Newcastle left-back in contention to face Swansea after recovering from thigh injury

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Shane Ferguson is willing to bide his time as he strives to become a first-team regular at Newcastle United.

Ferguson made his return from a thigh injury for the reserve team during their 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers' second-string on Tuesday.

He will be part of the Newcastle squad for Saturday's Premier League fixture against Swansea City at St James' Park but faces competition from Ryan Taylor and Davide Santon for the left-back role.

"If the manager needs me, though, then I am here. I can play midfield or defence but whatever position it is I just want to do a job for the team."

Shane Ferguson

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"The lads have all done brilliantly this season so far. You cannot really fault any of them," Ferguson told The Journal.

"If the manager needs me, though, then I am here. I can play midfield or defence but whatever position it is I just want to do a job for the team."

Home comforts

Ferguson is confident the Magpies can get back on track against Swansea after a four-game winless run in the Premier League has dropped them to seventh.

"It is a game everybody believes we can win," added Ferguson.

"Our home record has been very impressive this season, and we will be looking to keep that going.

"The spirit is good here and everybody plays for each other. The atmosphere in the dressing room is second to none."