Newcastle United v Swansea
Barclays Premier League
Sports Direct Arena
Saturday 17th December
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew’s defensive worries could be boosted by the return of captain Fabricio Coloccini from a thigh complaint, while Mike Williamson is expected to be ready to return from an ankle injury.
Cheick Tiote’s persistent knee problem could be behind him, but he will have a late fitness test to ascertain whether he can make it back or not. However, Dan Gosling will be serving a one-match ban after his red card against Norwich.
Swansea have had their own suspension woes with Joe Allen missing the victory over Fulham after his sending off against Blackburn.
Steven Caulker and Danny Graham returned form injury to great success last week and both are expected to retain their places in the team. Captain Garry Monk is also pushing for a recall after missing out in the Fulham win.
Pardew to get defender cash
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he will be given cash to spend in January.
The Magpies have suffered a raft of injuries to defenders lately and Pardew says owner Mike Ashley is ready to fund defensive transfers
The Toon have lost Steven Taylor for the rest of the season, while Fabricio Coloccini has been struggling in recent weeks.
“Mike asked me when am I going to get a centre-half," Pardew revealed.
“It's about making sure we get the right one. When you look at centre-halves it is easy to get it wrong.
“You can look at David Luiz, who is finding it difficult, he was £18million and he didn't play the last game.
“So it doesn't matter what you spend, you have to get the right one.”
It was rumoured that Newcastle have had a bid for West Ham United centre-half James Tomkins turned down.
A move for Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has also been mooted, but Pardew would not be drawn on many particular names.
The Magpies will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Swansea on Saturday – a side who have yet to win away this season.
Newcastle were flying high a few weeks ago but a run of three defeats and one draw has seen them slip to seventh in the Barclays Premier League.