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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s selection problems show few signs of abating as he prepares to complete his stadium ban with the visit of Everton to St James’ Park on Tuesday evening.

Midfielder Sammy Ameobi will be missing with an ankle problem and will join full-back Davide Santon on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from the bout of tonsillitis which prevented him from taking part in Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Crystal Palace.

The Italian, however, could return for the weekend trip to Southampton, although both full-back Mathieu Debuchy (groin) and striker Loïc Rémy (calf) are likely to sit out both games.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka is now fully fit and Martínez will make a late decision on whether to include him against Newcastle on Tuesday.

The centre-back has missed four matches with a hamstring injury but Martinez may well choose to play him at struggling Fulham on Saturday instead.

Midfielder Steven Pienaar continues to be absent with a knee cartilage problem.

Fortune favour Newcastle on Saturday and with Alan Pardew still watching from afar they will go into this game reasonaly confident, particularly as Everton’s away record is poor.

Roberto Martínez’s team has taken 11 of their 15 wins at home, with just four on the road, though Everton have won two and lost just one of their last four Premier League visits to St James Park.

Stat of the game: This fixture has seen the joint-most penalties in Premier League history (17).

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