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Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will welcome back his big guns for Sunday's Barclays Premier League derby clash with Sunderland.

Hughton rested nine of the men who started last weekend's 2-1 win at West Ham for the midweek Carling Cup tie with Arsenal as only goalkeeper Tim Krul and central defender Mike Williamson were retained.

Sol Campbell (thigh) misses out, as do long-term absentees Steve Harper (shoulder), Leon Best (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Dan Gosling (knee). There will be no place in the squad for local boy Steven Taylor, despite his return to full training after shoulder injury.

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll does not have to look very far for advice on coping with the pressure of being the latest claimant to Alan Shearer's throne.

The 21-year-old will head into Sunday's derby clash carrying the hopes of the Geordie nation squarely on his broad shoulders.

He will do so having put his off-field problems behind him and with a match-winning display at West Ham last weekend under his belt.

However, team-mate Shola Ameobi knows only too well how intense the weight of expectation can be having himself emerged from the club's academy as a teenager and attempted to fill the boots of a man who scored a record 206 goals for his hometown club.

Now 29, Ameobi has had to contend with a catalogue of injuries in recent years, but is back in business and busily forming a partnership with another home-grown graduate.

He said: "The expectations of the Newcastle fans are sky high. They want to succeed and sometimes, that hunger to succeed can heap a lot of pressure on young talents.

"But Andy, certainly on the pitch, is coping with it very well.

"He has been confident enough to take that number nine shirt - he wants to be the next local hero, and that speaks volumes.

"He wants to go out there and score as many goals as he can and help his beloved Newcastle to be a winning team on the pitch.

"That in itself comes with a lot of pressure - I know only too well about that - and it's something I have had to learn over the years.

"I can probably say I have coped with that pressure. It's been intense, but I think I have coped with it very well and hopefully Andy can do the same over the coming years."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has received a double boost ahead of Sunday's derby clash.

Left-back Kieran Richardson, who scored the winner in the reverse fixture two seasons ago, has finally shaken off the hamstring injury he suffered in the Carling Cup defeat by West Ham in September and is available.

Winger Ahmed Elmohamady is also fit despite suffering a foot problem in last weekend's 1-0 win over Aston Villa, while Andy Reid (hamstring) has returned to training.

David Meyler (knee) has trained all week, but the game will come too soon for him, while Fraizer Campbell (also knee) remains on the sidelines.

Sunderland defender Michael Turner is hoping to serve up a repeat dose when he returns to St James' Park.

The 26-year-old will run out for his first Tyne-Wear derby clash having already tasted victory over Newcastle on Tyneside, although in different colours.

Turner was part of the Hull side which, as part of a blistering start to their first season in the Barclays Premier League, headed for St James' on September 13, 2008 and left with a shock 2-1 win.

It was an eventful day on Tyneside as the home side's fans vented their fury on owner Mike Ashley and his so-called "Cockney Mafia" in the wake of Kevin Keegan's departure as manager a few days earlier, and Marlon King's double did nothing to appease the locals.

Turner said: "It was a strange atmosphere that day with all the stuff about the owner. It was a bit of a weird atmosphere.

"But we managed to go in front in that game and went 2-0 up. They got a consolation and we managed to hang on.

"I think the atmosphere this weekend is going to be totally different to what it was then, but it was a great experience at the time."

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