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Toon in training: Getting set for Swansea

Newcastle United will be looking to make it three successive victories in all competitions when they face Swansea City at St. James' Park on Saturday.

The Magpies got 2018 off to the perfect start with a 1-0 Premier League win at Stoke City on New Year's Day and they followed it up with a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the Emirates FA Cup last week.

The players have been back on the training pitch this week to prepare for the Swans' visit to St. James' Park and club photographer Serena Taylor has captured this exclusive gallery for nufc.co.uk...

 Former Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey heads to Thursday's training session with Ciaran Clark and Jamie Sterry

Left-back Paul Dummett heads outside, closely followed by Mikel Merino, Rafa Benítez and Javier Manquillo

  Rafa oversaw preparations for Saturday's game

 Isaac Hayden is pictured with teammate Chancel Mbemba

 There was a positive mood on the training pitch, with Newcastle United aiming for a third straight win this Saturday 

 Matt Ritchie will be looking to retain his place after playing every minute of United's last two victories

The players warm up  

 Dwight Gayle and Jacob Murphy are pictured during an exercise

Captain Jamaal Lascelles - who has been named the FUN88 Player of the Month for December - leads his group

Christian Atsu - who celebrated his 26th birthday this week - is pictured on the training pitch

Joselu will go into Saturday's game with fresh legs after missing the last two matches

 DeAndre Yedlin runs around training poles

Mikel Merino is pictured at the Newcastle United Training Centre

 Rafa Benítez masterminded an away win at Swansea back in September, with Jamaal Lascelles scoring the only goal

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot dives to make a save

Fellow 'keeper Karl Darlow diverts the ball away from goal

They were joined by Freddie Woodman, who made his first team debut for the Magpies in last weekend's 3-1 win over Luton Town.

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