Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will miss the Tyne-Tees derby with Middlesbrough through suspension.

The 20-year-old Gateshead-born frontman picked up his fifth booking of the season at Barnsley last Saturday.

However, Shola Ameobi, who was rested last weekend, is in contention, along with Marlon Harewood, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger, for a start up front.

Midfielder Danny Guthrie is available after being sidelined at Oakwell by a knee injury but manager Chris Hughton otherwise has no fresh selection problems.

Long-term absentee Joey Barton remains in the treatment room with the foot problem he suffered against Plymouth in September.

However, the former Manchester City player remains on schedule for a return towards the end of next month.

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan will welcome back skipper Gary O'Neil.

The midfielder missed last weekend's 1-0 home defeat by Cardiff with a calf problem but has returned to training and is expected to be available at St James' Park.

However, key winger Adam Johnson is out after suffering a slight hamstring tear against the Bluebirds.

Boro are hopeful Johnson will be fit for the Boxing Day clash with Scunthorpe but this match will come too soon for him.

Defender Sean St Ledger is ineligible after his loan deal from Preston drew to a close while Seb Hines (ankle surgery) will be out for up to eight weeks.

Didier Digard (back), Jeremie Aliadiere (ankle surgery) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines.

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