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Gutierrez returns to Newcastle squad after cancer battle

Jonas Gutierrez is one of the substitutes. Credit: PA

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is back on the Newcastle bench against Aston Villa after overcoming testicular cancer.

The Argentine has not appeared int he first at St James' Park since January 2014.

Head coach John Carver said earlier in the week: "Listen, I’m telling you now, when we announce the team at the weekend and our fans hear that Jonas is on the bench, can you imagine the feeling in the stadium?

"There is going to be a feel-good factor. To actually come back and play in the Premier League again would be magnificent. He’s had a hard fight."

Gutierrez, right, embraces Shay Given. Credit: PA

Newcastle v Aston Villa starting line-ups

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Newcastle United facing defensive crisis

Vurnon Anita could end up in defence. Credit: PA

Newcastle could be forced to utilise Ryan Taylor and Vernon Anita in defence against Manchester City at the weekend.

John Carver is suffering from a defensive crisis after losing Paul Dummett to injury against Crystal Palace.

The club can now only boast four fit defenders - Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini and Massadio Haidara.

Crystal Palace face FA action for Newcastle coin throwing incident

Crystal Palace were waiting to hear from the Football Association on Thursday on whether there would be any repercussions after a Palace fan threw a coin at Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Captain Coloccini was struck by a coin thrown from the crowd. Credit: PA

The coin hit Coloccini as he celebrated Newcastle's goal in their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park with Magpies boss John Carver calling on the FA to take action for the incident.

Television pictures focused on Coloccini reacting to being hit and then showed a steward picking up the coin from the turf.

I have seen it and it misses Colo's eye by an inch -- another inch and it could blind him.

You can't have that in this game. I hope the authorities deal with it and I'm sure they will because it will be on TV every other minute and rightly so. Let's find out who it was and sort it out.

It just can't happen, can it? It has got to be taken out of the game. What is disappointing from Palace's point of view is that they have an unbelievable crowd here, an unbelievable atmosphere -- it is a fanatical group of supporters in that corner. But it takes one idiot to throw a coin.

– Newcastle boss John Carver

Team news: De Jong closing on Newcastle return

Siem De Jong is in contention. Credit: PA

Summer signing Siem de Jong could return to the Newcastle squad for their visit to Crystal Palace.

The Holland international has managed only three senior appearances since his £6million summer arrival from Ajax, and has been sidelined for more than five months with a torn thigh muscle.

Cheick Tiote is due back from the African Nations Cup, where he missed Ivory Coast's final triumph with an ankle problem, on Wednesday and will not be involved as his injury is assessed, while fellow midfielder Rolando Aarons is yet to return to the squad.

Provisional squad: Krul, Alnwick, Janmaat, Dummett, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, R. Taylor, Anita, Abeid, Sissoko, Cabella, Colback, De Jong, Gouffran, Ameobi, Obertan, Cisse, Riviere, Perez.

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