Newcastle manager Chris Hughton could hand a debut to Wayne Routledge for the visit of Crystal Palace.

The winger recently moved to the club on a three-and-a-half-year contract from QPR and is now in contention.

Peter Lovenkrands missed Saturday's FA Cup defeat to West Brom to be on compassionate leave following the death of his father earlier this month, but the Danish striker is available to return to the Magpies line-up.

Shola Ameobi sustained a shoulder injury at the weekend and is rated 50/50, but midfielder Nicky Butt (calf) has a chance of coming back into the fold.

Ryan Taylor is unavailable as he prepares to serve a one-match ban following his dismissal against the Baggies on Saturday.

But Steven Taylor (knee) and Danny Simpson (ankle) have been ruled out of the clash, while long-term absentee Joey Barton (foot) is still sidelined.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock admits he will be down to the bare bones.

Warnock could only name five substitutes for Saturday's 2-2 FA Cup draw at Wolves and then saw defender Claude Davis carried off with a nasty neck injury, although he has not suffered any lasting damage.

Matt Lawrence, who replaced him at Molineux after just 22 minutes, now looks set to be handed a starting berth should Davis fail to recover in time.

Sean Scannell (hamstring), Paddy McCarthy (shoulder) and Darryl Flahavan (jaw) are still missing and winger Ryan Smith has left Selhurst Park after his contract ended.

But left-back Lee Hills is available again after being cup-tied on Saturday and fellow defender Clint Hill is rated as "touch and go" by Warnock after he missed the Wolves match through injury.

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