Newcastle v West Brom preview

Newcastle will be without Jonas Gutierrez for the game after he

damaged a thigh muscle during last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Leon Best has returned to training after recovering from an ankle

problem, but Cheick Tiote will not be risked again, while Kevin

Nolan (ankle), Steve Harper (knee) Mike Williamson (broken arm),

Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture), Danny Guthrie (shin) and Dan

Gosling (also knee) remain on the sidelines. West Brom are likely

to hand a rare taste of first-team action to teenagers James Hurst

and George Thorne as they finish their campaign at Newcastle with

the pressure off. Full-back Hurst made his Premier League debut

against Fulham in January, one of three first-team appearances this

season, while midfield playmaker Thorne will be hoping for a

top-flight debut with the Baggies comfortably clear of the

enthralling relegation battle. Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans

remains on the sidelines due to an ankle injury, but is hoping to

return to light training with the squad ahead of the summer break.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Soderberg, Simpson, Ferguson, Enrique,

Coloccini, S Taylor, R Taylor, Barton, Vuckic, Tavernier,

Richardson, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi, LuaLua,

McDermott, Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi. West Brom (from): Carson,

Myhill, Reid, Hurst, Jara, Meite, Olsson, Pablo, Tamas, Shorey,

Cech, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Morrison, Cox, Vela, Tchoyi,

Thomas, Barnes, Odemwingie, Miller, Fortune, Hurst, Thorne.