Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could be without Hatem Ben Arfa for Saturday's Premier League meeting with Manchester City.
Midfielder Ben Arfa, who made a goalscoring return against Fulham on Monday night after missing four games due to a hamstring problem, is a major doubt after aggravating the injury.
Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) remain on Newcastle's long-term casualty list.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to miss out after being substituted in the Manchester derby with a groin injury.
Kompany has a 'two per cent' chance of playing, according to manager Roberto Mancini, so either Kolo Toure or Joleon Lescott will deputise.
Midfielder Gareth Barry misses out through a one-match ban for verbally abusing a match official following City's defeat by United.