Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has received a boost ahead of the Toon's Premier League trip to Norwich on Saturday, with Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez all returning from injury.
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New signing Mathieu Debuchy is also expected to make his debut, but concerns over the fitness of Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor could force Pardew into reshuffling his side once more.
The Newcastle boss says he will not risk aggravating the injuries that have sidelined the pair, despite being forced into fielding a makeshift side during the FA Cup loss to Brighton on the weekend.
"I think it might be (too soon), but we will push them as hard as we can," Pardew told The Evening Chronicle. "We cannot bring them back, play them for one game and then they are out for five. It is better if they come back and stay fit."
Debuchy, Coloccini and Gutierrez will bolster Newcastle's defence, although Shola Ameobi will be absent for the clash after being sent off at Brighton and James Perch could be rested.
"Debuchy comes into the team and we will look like we have a much stronger team than at the weekend," Pardew said. "Shola is ineligible because of his red card, Perchie is doubtful with his knee, but hopefully, Jonas will be back and Colo and Papiss. They should train on Thursday with a bit of luck."
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