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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is sweating on the fitness of key duo Cheick Tiote and Danny Simpson.

Midfielder Tiote picked up a hamstring problem in Monday night’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal, while full-back Simpson suffered an adductor strain in the same game.

Pardew otherwise has no new injury concerns, although striker Peter Lovenkrands (thigh) and fellow long-term absentees Leon Best and Sammy Ameobi (both knee), Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) are still missing.

Norwich expect to have midfielder Jonny Howson available again after illness.

Defenders Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Marc Tierney (groin) are still recovering full match fitness.

Striker James Vaughan (hamstring) is another still not available for first-team selection.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, R. Taylor, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Abeid, Gosling, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi.

Norwich (from): Ruddy, Ward, Whitbread, Drury, Naughton, Crofts, Pilkington, Surman, E Bennett, Fox, Hoolahan, Jackson, Holt, Morison, Wilbraham, Steer, Johnson, Martin, Howson, R Bennett.

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