Newcastle will be hoping to welcome back Jonas Gutierrez for the visit of Coventry.

The winger missed Saturday's 1-1 draw at Swansea due a muscle strain but should return to contention at St James' Park.

Shola Ameobi will play no part after boss Chris Hughton confirmed that the striker faces a couple of weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Nicky Butt (thigh), Jose Enrique (hamstring) and Steven Taylor (knee) all remain unavailable for selection, while Joey Barton (foot) is set to return to training this week following his injury lay-off.

Striker Leon Best, who joined the club on transfer deadline day, will be hoping to grab his first goal for the Magpies when he lines up against his former employers.

Coventry could hand a debut to Jon Stead.

The Ipswich striker has joined the Sky Blues on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer, and is set to go straight into the squad.

Fellow loan signing Freddie Sears will be also pushing for a starting berth after coming off the bench to make his debut in Saturday's 1-0 win over QPR.

Boss Chris Coleman has doubts over James McPake (back) and David Bell (shin) and it is unlikely that the duo will feature against the Magpies.

But Aron Gunnarsson, who missed out on Saturday with a leg injury, put himself back in contention for a place in the squad after returning to training on Monday.

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