Football

Newcastle United Vs Sheffield United, Mon 5 Apr 2010

Carroll set for promotion party (©PAphotos)
Carroll set for promotion party (©PAphotos).

Striker Andy Carroll is set to return to the Newcastle side as they look to confirm their return to the Premier League against Sheffield United.

Chris Hughton's men beat Peterborough 3-2 on Saturday, meaning they need just a point against the Blades to secure promotion, and leading scorer Carroll is expected to shake off an ankle injury to be involved.

After making five changes against Peterborough, Hughton is preparing to utilise his full squad again, with wingers Jonas Gutierrez and Wayne Routledge, midfielder Danny Guthrie and striker Peter Lovenkrands all hoping to play a part.

Steven Taylor and Fitz Hall both remain on the sidelines with their respective knee injuries.

United are expected to be roared on by a season-high crowd against the Blades, with a return to the top flight just 90 minutes away.

Sheffield United winger Glen Little could find himself back on the substitutes' bench.

Little has struggled to hold down a place in Kevin Blackwell's starting line-up since arriving on a free summer transfer from Portsmouth, but has seized his chance during the latest injury crisis at Bramall Lane.

The 34-year-old was arguably the Blades' best player in Saturday's goalless home draw with Barnsley, but assistant manager Sam Ellis said: "He's a certain type of player and is not cut out for some matches."

Ellis added: "When he's been picked he's done well, but a lot of things go into lads getting the nod."

Striker Jamie Ward will miss out after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury after just 39 minutes of his comeback against Barnsley and Blackwell will be without suspended defender Paul Connolly, sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow card on Saturday.

Henri Camara (groin), Ched Evans (shoulder) and Toni Kallio (calf) and long-term knee victims Gary Naysmith, Derek Geary and Ryan France are all still out.

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Danny Guthrie
Peterborough United
Portsmouth
Jamie Ward
Wayne Routledge
Henri Camara
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Steven Taylor
Championship
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Glen Little
Ryan France
Paul Connolly
Toni Kallio
Fitz Hall
Barnsley
Sheffield United
Peter Lovenkrands
Jonas Gutierrez
Gary Naysmith
Ched Evans
Derek Geary

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