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Jonathan Woodgate could start against his former club after returning to the Stoke side for Wednesday’s Carling Cup match with Liverpool.

Woodgate played the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat having missed the previous three games with a calf injury, while Jermaine Pennant may also be involved having appeared as a second-half replacement against the Reds following a hamstring injury.

Danny Higginbotham, out since April with a serious knee injury, is on the comeback trail and has turned out for the reserves but striker Mamady Sidibe is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury.

Newcastle boss Pardew could include midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender Steven Taylor in his starting line-up.

Taylor, who broke his nose in last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Wigan, is the more likely to play, possibly with a mask, while Tiote is battling to recover from a knee injury.

One player who will definitely be absent is striker Shola Ameobi, who has been ruled out for at least a month with a hamstring problem.

Possible starting XIs

Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, R Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Best.

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