Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will welcome back a trio of players from injury as his side looks to cement their place at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship against Barnsley.

Left-back Jose Enrique, striker Peter Lovenkrands and experienced midfielder Nicky Butt are all in the squad.

Enrique has been out since damaging a hamstring on January 27 while Lovenkrands picked up a similar problem during the 3-0 win over Preston a fortnight ago and Butt has been sidelined by a thigh injury for the last month.

Joey Barton has been back in training for more than a week but Hughton will not use him until he is confident he has regained full match fitness following his foot injury.

But Wayne Routledge (calf), Steven Taylor (knee) and Shola Ameobi (hamstring) remain on the casualty list.

Barnsley manager Mark Robins could name an unchanged starting line-up.

Robins is hoping striker Daniel Bogdanovic and midfielder Emil Hallfredsson both return unscathed from midweek international duty with Malta and Iceland respectively.

Iain Hume scored the matchwinner in last week's success over Blackpool and is pushing for a return to the starting line-up, while defender Rob Kozluk is not expected to return at this stage following a knee injury.

Young centre-half Luke Potter dropped back to the bench last week to make way for Ryan Shotton, who returned from suspension, and is likely to be among the substitutes again.

Robins has no new injury or suspension problems as his side, four points off the play-offs, chase a third straight league win.

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