Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is hoping for a double fitness boost with Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote pushing to be part of the squad that travels to Machester City on Saturday.
The duo have both returned to training this week after missing the last couple of games through injury.
Cisse has had a back complaint after injuring himself attempting an overhead kick against West Ham.
The Senegal striker missed the dfeat against Sheffield Wednesday and last weekend’s draw with Chelsea, but has resumed training this week and could be fit enough for a place on the bench at the Etihad.
Tiote, meanwhile, has been suffering from a knee injury which has seen him only start once this season, in the Capital One Cup against Northampton.
He could be called upon this weekend if Jack Colback fails to recover from a calf complaint in time for the City clash.
Colback limped off early in the second half against Chelsea, having tried to play on after originally going down injured before the break.
The midfielder had been a doubt for the game, but had passed a late fitness test, and coach Paul Simpson admits he is a ‘major concern’ ahead of the game.
Simpson said: “Fingers crossed we’re going to do everything we possibly can, he’s in good hands with the medical team. They’ll be doing everything they can do get him out.”