Toon lose Jonas against Albion

The 27-year-old picked up a minor knock in last Sunday’s 2-2

Premier League draw at Chelsea and will not be risked by manager

Alan Pardew as the Magpies attempt to end an already creditable

campaign with a victory which could propel them into the top 10.

Gutierrez started in a supporting role to lone striker Shola Ameobi

last weekend, with youngster Shane Ferguson occupying the

Argentinian’s more accustomed berth wide on the left. And with

Northern Irishman Ferguson having shaken off an ankle injury, he is

likely to get another chance in the South American’s absence.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: “Unfortunately, Jonas is out of

Sunday, but Shane Ferguson will be fit, so we do have a few

options.” Gutierrez has fared much better in the top flight this

time around than he did in his first campaign in English football,

but has been linked with a move away from Tyneside this summer. He

has repeatedly insisted he is happy at St James’ Park, but it

remains to be seen what the future holds for him. Pardew has

already started drawing up his plans for a summer recruitment drive

amid speculation that he will battle it out with a series of

Premier League rivals for the signature of Wigan midfielder Charles

N’Zogbia. The Magpies attempted to prise the Frenchman, who left

Tyneside for the Latics in February 2009, on the final day of the

winter transfer window after accepting Liverpool’s £35million

bid for Andy Carroll. They were unsuccessful on that occasion, but

have continued to be impressed by N’Zogbia’s form, which has been

pivotal in giving his current employers a chance of avoiding

relegation heading into Sunday’s final round of fixtures. But

Newcastle would not be alone – Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, who

took the winger to the DW Stadium, is also a long-term admirer,

while N’Zogbia has also been linked with the likes of Juventus,

Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham. While giving nothing away as

to the identity of his targets, Pardew is confident he will add

quality to his squad. He said: “I would like to add the offensive

players we need at this level – the kind of players who can get

bums off seats. “We are competing with Champions League clubs to

get them, but hopefully we will get one or two in, and keep the

basis of the squad we have got here.”