Newcastle manager Chris Hughton hopes defender Jose Enrique can play some part in Monday night's clash with promotion rivals Nottingham Forest.

The 24-year-old Spaniard has been struggling with a hamstring injury and was kept on the substitutes' bench for the midweek win at Doncaster.

Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith (both ankle) missed the hard-fought win at the Keepmoat Stadium, but could be back in contention, as could Mike Williamson (broken hand) and Fitz Hall (hamstring), who also sat it out in midweek.

Midfielder Joey Barton, sidelined for more than five months following surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot, stepped off the bench at Doncaster and will be looking to improve his match fitness, while Shola Ameobi (hamstring) and Steven Taylor (knee/broken jaw) both remain sidelined.

Forest could have James Perch available for the trip to St James` Park.

Perch, a transfer target for the Magpies in January, missed the home win over Crystal Palace after suffering a recurrence of an ankle problem.

But the Reds hope that after receiving a pain-killing injection, the versatile 24-year-old will get the all-clear to figure in the travelling squad.

Full-back Joel Lynch is edging closer to a return to full fitness after a thigh injury and may also be involved.

Victory would see Billy Davies` side become the only team this season to complete a league double over the Magpies having beaten them 1-0 in the reverse fixture at the City Ground in October.

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