Absent Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been dealt a major blow ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham.
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Leading scorer Loic Remy is likely to miss the next three games with a calf problem, and he will be joined on the sidelines by full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has a groin problem and will sit out at least the same period.
Central defender Fabricio Coloccini returns after a family bereavement, but keeper Rob Elliot and full-back Davide Santon (both knee) remain doubts and midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa will not be included because of a family illness.
Winger Ashkan Dejagah faces a fitness test to determine if he can play for Fulham after picking up an injury in last week's loss at Cardiff.
Midfielder Georgios Karagounis is out with a muscle strain suffered in south Wales, joining Scott Parker (knee) in the treatment room.
Parker could be back next week, but Damien Duff (knee) is out for the rest of the season.
Fulham (from): Stekelenburg, Stockdale, Heitinga, Hangeland, Riether, Riise, Burn, Sidwell, Richardson, Kacaniklic, Kvist, Bent, Holtby, Kasami, Mitroglou, Dejagah, Woodrow, Zverotic.
Newcastle (from): Krul, Alnwick, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, Gosling, Cisse, De Jong, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.