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.