Star leaves Newcastle Utd on loan ahead of West Brom clash

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NILE Ranger has joined League One Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season.

The Newcastle United striker made his comeback from an ankle injury for the club’s reserves this week.

However, manager Alan Pardew today said he wouldn’t be involved between now and the end of the campaign.

Ranger will instead get a first-team chance at Hillsborough.

The 20-year-old’s spell at Wednesday’s South Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley earlier this season was cut short by injury.

Yesterday was the last day Football League clubs could sign players on loan.

Ranger set up both Newcastle’s goals in Tuesday night’s 4-2 defeat to Chelsea at Whitley Park.

The London-born player – whose career at the club has been beset by off-the-field issues – hasn’t made a competitive first-team appearance for United this season.

And Ranger could be set for a permanent move away from Tyneside in the summer.

Meanwhile, Shane Ferguson is back in contention for United’s visit to The Hawthorns after recovering from injury.

The versatile player has been sidelined in recent weeks with a muscle strain.

However, Ferguson is back in training, and could make Alan Pardew’s squad for Sunday’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

The 20-year-old impressed with his performance for Northern Ireland against Norway late last month, and Pardew feels he’ll be stronger for second international appearance.

“Shane has a good chance for the weekend,” Pardew told SportMail.

“He has been out for two or three weeks, and he’s not played much for us this season.

“But he had a great game for Northern Ireland against Norway, and he’ll be feeling a lot, lot stronger for it.”

Ferguson made seven Premier League appearances in the second half of last season, but he has found his opportunities limited through injury this term.

With Ryan Taylor unavailable for West Brom through injury, Ferguson is another option for Pardew at left-back.