Stoke v Newcastle Treatment Room
Stoke v Newcastle Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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However, in what seems to be a running theme this season, The Potters do have a decent record against us, winning 3 from the last 4 (the exception Ba’s hat-trick in 2011/12).
Alan Pardew will welcome back Tim Krul, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Demba Cisse following illness – the trio missed the midweek Capital One cup win over Crystal Palace – although the Senegalese striker is likely to start on the bench again, after it was revealed post-match last weekend that his involvement at SJP went against both the club doctor and therapist’s advice.
Cheick Tiote [cramp] should feature after limping off against Hull City while Daryl Janmaat [muscular injury] will be assessed before the match.
Mehdi Abeid serves a one game domestic ban. Adam Armstrong [hernia] returned to the starting eleven on Wednesday and did his chances no harm; Emmanuel Riviere will be buoyed after grabbing his first goals in a Black and White shirt. Rolando Aarons [hamstring] and Ryan Taylor [ACL] should be next players to return amongst the United ranks within the next month or so.
Mark Hughes has the luxury of an almost fully fit squad to choose from – Peter Odemwingie [ACL] and Geoff Cameron [hernia] – the only absentees.
Jon Walters [calf] is expected to recover while Stephen Ireland [ribs] and Oussama Assaidi gained valuable match-fitness on Wearside midweek.
Defender Marc Muniesa will be hoping his two goals against Sunderland will be good enough to secure a place in the eleven but Robert Huth may drop back to the bench.
Victor Moses is now up to full speed and showing good form following his season long loan move from Chelsea.
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