Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping skipper Fabricio Coloccini can help spark a revival.
The 30-year-old Argentina international returned to action at Stoke on Wednesday evening after a three-match domestic ban and although he could not lead his side to a positive result at the Britannia Stadium as the Potters produced a late fightback, there were signs of significant improvement.
Pardew said: "He missed three games and we lost all three, so that gives you some indication."
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