NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew will be boosted by the return of skipper Fabricio Coloccini and striker Papiss Cissé for tonight’s Europa League clash with Maritimo.
Defender Coloccini is currently serving a three-game domestic ban, but is available in Europe, while striker Cissé can play after being prevented from doing so against Swansea at the weekend after Senegal invoked Fifa’s five-day rule.
Midfielder Cheick Tioté will miss out through suspension, while his usual central partner, Yohan Cabaye, is preparing to undergo groin surgery, while striker Shola Ameobi (also groin) is a doubt, but Argentinian midfielder Jonás Gutiérrez (knee) should be available.
Maritimo are without injured Brazilian midfielder Olberdam Serra and influential playmaker Heldon Ramos, but Ricardo Ferreira, Briguel, Valentin Roberge, Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz and Leocisio Sami all return after being rested at the weekend.
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)
At: St James’ Park, 2005.
Coverage: Live, ESPN.