Matt Ritchie is ready, willing and able to throw himself into Newcastle's fight on two fronts after finally returning from his injury nightmare.
The 30-year-old had not started a game since August 28, when he was left with a badly gashed ankle after a challenge by Leicester's Hamza Choudhury, before Tuesday night's FA Cup third-round replay against League One Rochdale at St James' Park.
It took him little time to remind head coach Steve Bruce and his team-mates of what they had been missing when he provided the ammunition for the first two goals in a 4-1 win, and he is now looking forward to the battle to earn a regular place as the Magpies aim to secure their Premier League place and progress in the cup.
Ritchie said: "The lads have done fantastically well and hopefully I can join in again and add something to the group. I want to look forward to a good second half of the season."