Newcastle v Sunderland preview

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has received a double boost ahead of

his first Tyne-Wear derby. 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. Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will

welcome back his big guns for the derby clash. 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. Kick-off at St James’ Park is 1:30pm. Newcastle

(from): Krul, Soderberg, R Taylor, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson,

Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Smith, Tiote, Barton,

Routledge, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Tavernier, Donaldson, Nolan,

Carroll, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Ranger. Sunderland (from): Mignolet,

Gordon, Onuoha, Bardsley, Richardson, Angeleri, Bramble, Turner,

Ferdinand, Mensah, Da Silva, Cattermole, Riveros, Henderson,

Malbranque, Elmohamady, Zenden, Bent, Gyan, Welbeck.