Steve McClaren has Jack Colback and Emmanuel Riviere returning to his squad today against Chelsea.

The Head Coach saying that recently he has been forced to put players who aren’t fully fit on the bench, after only a day or two of training.

Against West Brom Steve McClaren included three untried teenagers on the bench and when you add Doumbia who is clearly not fit yet, as well as the reserve keeper, in reality meaning there were only two outfield options to potentially come on. That ended up being the case, Perez and Saivet introduced late on.

However, if Newcastle can successfully get through today at Stamford Bridge, in terms of injuries as well as the result, the Newcastle boss sees the situation improving.

Steve McClaren is welcoming the 18 day break until the Stoke game, with the Head Coach saying that five other players could be back by then.

Steve McClaren:

“We have got two returned to training this (past) week – Jack Colback and Emmanuel Riviere, so that is a plus.

“The likes of Vurnon Anita, Massadio Haidara, Paul Dummett, even Papiss Cisse and Chancel Mbemba have got a chance of the Stoke game.

“With the 18 day gap after Chelsea, we are hoping at least two or three of them will be back as well.

“So as we are moving towards the critical stage of the season, more players are coming back and that is what we need.

“You want to keep momentum going and playing…but also we are putting players on the bench who have only been training one or two days and they are not fully fit, they need work.

“Last week against West Brom we had three kids on the bench and that is a situation you don’t want to last too long. That 18 day gap will give a chance to do some work, to get the boys together, get some fit and ready for Stoke onwards.”