Pic Special: Earning Their Spurs
Siem de Jong continued to edge closer to a first team return as Newcastle United stepped up their preparations to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.
The Dutch international hasn't kicked a ball in anger for the Magpies since the end of August, suffering a serious thigh injury which was then followed by a collapsed lung.
But, having come through 45 minutes of an under-21 game on Wednesday night unscathed, de Jong was at the heart of United's training session on Friday morning, under the watch of head coach John Carver.
And snapping the best of the action for this gallery of images was Club Photographer Serena Taylor.