Newcastle United head to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in what is a must-win game for Steve Bruce's side.

Saturday's 1-1 draw with Wolves at St James' Park stretched United's recent dire run to just two wins in 17 matches in all competitions.

The Magpies remain three points clear of the relegation zone but could be leapfrogged by 18th placed Fulham before they kick off at the Hawthorns.

Steve Bruce's side were hit with the blow this week that Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, as well as top scorer Callum Wilson, will be ruled out until April.

Bruce will now be assessing his alternatives and the club have been training hard ahead of Sunday's vital trip to the West Midlands.

Here is what we spotted from the club's latest batch of Newcastle United training pictures.

Javi Manquillo back in training

Manquillo has been ruled out for the last three weeks with an ankle injury but he has been pictured back in training this week.

Bruce revealed that the Spaniard had been recovering well from the knock he picked up in the win over Southampton and his return to training will be a welcome boost after Emil Krafth's recent injury.

The Swede is set to return to training himself later this week and it should mean at least one of United's two natural right-backs will be fit to face the Baggies.

Federico Fernandez fighting fit ahead of West Brom return

Wolves came too soon for the return of Fernandez, who has missed the last nine matches with a thigh muscle strain.

The 32-year-old has stepped up his recovery this week, though, and looks set to be fit to travel to West Brom.

His return will be a welcome boost for Bruce, with Fernandez arguably being Newcastle's most consistent defender across the last three seasons.

Federico Fernández
Federico Fernández

Time for Elliot Anderson to step up?

Newcastle have high hopes for the teenage whizz-kid and his involvement in first team training again this week will lead to calls for his inclusion in the side against West Brom.

While a start against the Baggies may come too soon, the 18-year-old could well be involved from the bench as he looks to make his third senior appearance for the club.

Given Newcastle's injuries in attacking areas, the trip to the Hawthorns could represent Anderson's first big chance to show his ability at Premier League level.

Elliot Anderson strikes the ball
Elliot Anderson strikes the ball

Longstaffs involved despite hiatus from action

Both Longstaff brothers have struggled for game-time in recent weeks but they continue to be involved in training.

Bruce has preferred to use Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick and Arsenal loanee Joe Willock in midfield ahead of the Magpies' Academy graduates.

Sean, particularly, has suffered from a dip in form this term but Matty's performances over Christmas have left some fans perplexed at his exclusion from the side since.

Sean Longstaff
Sean Longstaff

Attacking alternatives all involved

With Wilson, Almiron and Saint-Maximin, Newcastle will have to find a new trio to occupy their attacking slots in the recent 4-3-1-2 formation they have utilised.

Ryan Fraser will almost certainly occupy one of the slots but the aforementioned Anderson, as well as Jacob Murphy, Matt Ritchie, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll were all involved in training and vying for their place in Bruce's starting XI on Sunday.