Blackpool v Newcastle preview

Blackpool captain Charlie Adam is fit after a foot injury scare. It

was initially feared the Scotland midfielder might have broken a

bone after getting hurt in last week’s loss to Wigan but the

problem has proved to be only bruising. Adam’s fellow midfielder

David Vaughan is also hoping to feature after two games out with a

hip injury. Goalkeeper Matt Gilks is likely to continue after

making his return from a broken kneecap against Wigan but defender

David Carney (shoulder) is out for the season. Newcastle skipper

Kevin Nolan will return from suspension. The midfielder has missed

the last two games after reaching 10 bookings for the campaign, but

could partner Cheick Tiote once again after the Ivory Coast

international returned from a similar lay-off against Manchester

United. However, Tim Krul will deputise once again for keeper Steve

Harper, who may need an minor operation on his knee, while

midfielder Danny Guthrie will miss out with a shin problem. French

winger Hatem Ben Arfa is on target to be involved in the final

three games of the campaign, but Leon Best (ankle), Dan Gosling

(knee) and Alan Smith (ankle) remain on the sidelines. Blackpool

(from): Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Crainey, Evatt, Southern, Adam,

Varney, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Grandin, Baptiste, Sylvestre,

Puncheon, Vaughan, Phillips, Ormerod, Beattie, Reid, Kornilenko,

Rachubka, Kingson. Newcastle (from): Krul, Sodeberg, Simpson,

Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, R. Taylor,

Perch, Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez, Nolan, Ireland, Vuckic, Tavernier,

Richardson, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi.