Kinnear on course for April comeback

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Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear remains on course to return to work next month as he continues his recovery from heart surgery.

There were suggestions at the weekend the 62-year-old had suffered a setback after undergoing a triple heart bypass in February. But the Magpies insisted Kinnear had only caught a chest cold and is still set to be back in harness for either the trip to Stoke on April 11 or the visit to Tottenham a week later.

Caretaker manager Chris Hughton, who is in regular touch with Kinnear, said: "The indications are - and I haven't heard anything different to that - is that he would return round about the Stoke or Spurs games."

He added: "But we will all be guided by the experts in that field, and more so one person himself, and that's Joe.

"That's where we are at the moment. Whether that changes or not, we will find out.

"Joe is still in that period where his rehabilitation has gone very well. But he has had big surgery and there are days when he is better than other days."

The club has also dismissed claims Terry Venables could be drafted in amid fears Kinnear may not return before the end of the season.

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