GABRIEL Obertan is set to return for Newcastle United at the KC Stadium – but the game has come too soon for Siem de Jong.
And Paul Dummett has been ruled out of the televised fixture with a hamstring problem.
Obertan has been sidelined since early November with a thigh injury, but the winger could be among the visiting substitutes against Hull City.
But forward Siem de Jong – out since September with a thigh problem – is not yet fit enough to return, though he took a big stride towards a first-team comeback this week with a goalscoring appearance in a behind-closed-doors game against Carlisle United.
Defender Dummett – who suffered his injury against Southampton earlier this month – will return to training next week.
“Paul Dummett is injured this weekend, but should be back training again on Monday for the Stoke game (on February 8),” said head coach John Carver.
“It’s definitely too early for Siem, but Gabby has a good chance of being on the bench.”
Meanwhile, utility player Ryan Taylor – who made an abortive return from a twice ruptured cruciate ligament earlier this season – is back in training.
“It’s good news,” said Carver. “He has been back all week and he looks good.”