FABRICIO Coloccini was set to return to training today ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to White Hart Lane.
Coloccini has missed the club’s last four games with a groin injury suffered on international duty with Argentina.
But the 31-year-old is close to a comeback, and could return against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Asked about Coloccini’s fitness, United manager Alan Pardew said he “looks OK” ahead of the televised clash.
In Coloccini’s absence, Mike Williamson has partnered Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in central defence.
Defender Steven Taylor is also close to a comeback from a hamstring injury, but the Spurs game could come too soon for him.
Meanwhile, striker Adam Armstrong and forward Haris Vuckic were on target for Newcastle’s Under-21s in their 6-2 defeat to Aston Villa at Burton last night.
Willie Donachie handed a England Under-16 international defender Kyle Cameron his reserves debut in the game.