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Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is unlikely to make Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea as he continues his recovery from injury.

The Argentina international is back in training after a groin problem but has no football under his belt.

Fellow central defender Steven Taylor, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in training last week, is still some way from returning.

Left-back Paul Dummett, who partnered Mike Williamson in the 2-1 defeat at Sunderland last weekend, is also out with a hamstring strain, meaning Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are likely to pair up, as they did in midweek for the Capital One Cup tie defeat against Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is poised to recall a host of first-team players for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Newcastle.

The Blues boss made 10 changes for the midweek Capital One Cup win at Arsenal so the likes of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Fernando Torres are set to return.

Mourinho reported no new injury concerns so Marco van Ginkel remains the only absentee as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

Newcastle secured their most impressive win of the season in the corresponding fixture last season as Moussa Sissoko almost single-handily won the game in his first home appearance for the Magpies.

It was a false dawn. Sissoko has been largely poor since and Newcastle were fortunate not to be relegated.

Neither player nor team have been entirely convincing this term either and a counter-attacking Jose Mourinho Chelsea side appear perfectly equipped to avenge last season’s defeat.

Chelsea are starting to have the look of champions about them.

Stat of the game: Chelsea have won just five of their 20 points away from home.

Newcastle (Probable, 4-3-3): Krul; Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Santon; Tioté, Sissoko, Cabaye; Ben Arfa, Sh Ameobi, Rémy.
Out: Coloccini (groin), Dummett, S Taylor (both hamstring), Gutiérrez (personal reasons), R Taylor (knee).

Chelsea (Probable, 4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.
: Van Ginkel (knee).

Referee: Lee Mason. Matches: 6, R1 Y23.

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