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Newcastle United Vs Blackpool, Sat 10 Apr 2010

Magpies close in on title (©PAphotos)
Magpies close in on title (©PAphotos).

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will head into the Coca-Cola Championship clash with Blackpool with no new injury concerns.

Indeed, the promoted Magpies will have only defenders Fitz Hall and Steven Taylor on the sidelines as they attempt to close in on the title.

Hall, on loan from QPR, has missed the last four games with a hamstring problem but is expected to return to training on Monday.

Taylor has been out with a knee injury since January, although the club is yet to confirm if he suffered a fractured jaw in an alleged incident at the training ground last month.

Peter Lovenkrands, Wayne Routledge and Danny Guthrie were all substituted during Monday night's 2-1 victory over Sheffield United but all three changes were made for tactical reasons.

Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod will return to the squad.

Ormerod, who will wear a protective cast after undergoing surgery on a fractured bone in his hand, could go straight back into the starting line-up.

The 10-goal forward sustained the injury in the 5-1 home win over Swansea last month when he scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season.

Left-back Stephen Crainey, who feared his season could be over due to a knee injury, could also be handed a surprise recall if he passes a late fitness test.

But the Seasiders will be without Algeria international Hameur Bouazza, who has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury.

Defender Neal Eardley remains sidelined with a hamstring problem as Ian Holloway's side look to leapfrog Leicester into a play-off place with a fifth straight league win.

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Danny Guthrie
Leicester City
Wayne Routledge
Football
Steven Taylor
Championship
Newcastle United
Stephen Crainey
Fitz Hall
Queens Park Rangers
Neal Eardley
Sheffield United
Peter Lovenkrands
Brett Ormerod
Blackpool
Swansea City

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