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The Magpies midfielder feels he has had time to recover from a slight injury problem...

Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan says he is feeling fit and raring to go ahead of the club's home tie against Arsenal on Saturday.

The 26-year-old has made just three appearances since joining the Magpies from Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers in the January transfer window, missing their last three outings due to suspension.

While he admits it has been difficult not being able to help the Toon recently, he believes he may come back stronger as the rest has given him a chance to overcome a slight injury problem.

"It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but I suppose you get what you deserve and that’s what I got," Nolan is quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph with regard to his red card against Everton on February 22.

"But it’s given me a couple of weeks to work on a bit of an ankle problem I’ve had and I hope to come back fitter and stronger.

"It’s also given me that bit extra time to settle and learn about the club and learn about the players. I’ve moved into a new home and, apart from the red card and suspension, everything is going well.

"I’m really looking forward to it and being available for selection has really put a spring in my step. But we’ve got a lot of lads back and it’s nice to see the treatment table empty this week.

"Hopefully I’ll get back into the team as soon as possible and start playing well and cement my place. Don’t forget I was unbeaten in two-and-a-half games so that is something I can cling onto."

Nolan recognises it might be tough to win his place back in the Newcastle starting eleven, but that remains his target, as does helping the club beat their battle against the drop.

"I’ve had a point to prove from the start, not only to the fans and other people but to myself. I’ve had to adapt to a new lifestyle and not being around my family all of the time.

"But it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to and this is a fantastic opportunity for me. Hopefully if I do get the chance I can prove my worth again because that’s what it’s all about now.

"It’s going to be a tough next nine games, but we’re really up for it and I think we’ll come through with flying colours."

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com

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