Beleaguered Newcastle set for big lift at leaders Arsenal

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Rob Elliot's set to give Newcastle United a much-needed lift at the Emirates Stadium.

The in-form goalkeeper, rated as a "doubt" by head coach Steve McClaren, is set to return to the starting XI against Arsenal.

Elliot missed Monday's defeat to West Bromwich Albion with a stomach bug.

Karl Darlow made his Premier League debut at The Hawthorns, where mcClarne's side were beaten 1-0.

Elliot, 29, was sent home from the relegation-threatened club's training ground in midweek, but McClaren is hopeful that he'll be ready to face the Premier League leaders.

Otherwise, Cheick Tiote is likely to replace the injured Vurnon Anita (hamstring) in McClaren's team.

Forward Siem de Jong is pushing for a recall to the starting XI at the Emirates Stadium, where United will be backed by 2,000 fans.