Swansea winger Wayne Routledge will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an ankle operation.
Routledge needed surgery to cure the long-standing injury in order for him to return in time for pre-season training.
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Gylfi Sigurdsson has given Swansea the lead, meaning Newcastle are heading towards their seventh straight defeat.
Swansea lead 2-1. Sigurdsson. Nice goal. But training ground easy. Mood at SJP descends back to the default "dark mutterings" state. #nufc
Swansea manager Garry Monk insists Newcastle's players will not be affected by any supporters' protests at St James' Park on Saturday.
The Magpies have lost their last six Premier League games under caretaker manager John Carver and more demonstrations are planned for the visit of Swansea after a significantly smaller crowd than usual saw last weekend's 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham.
Campaign organisers protesting over Mike Ashley's ownership have said they will support anyone who wishes to boycott once again and have asked fans to stand up on 34 minutes inside St James' Park on Saturday - to reflect the £34million the club left in the bank during the last financial year rather than investing in the squad.
But Monk claims the backdrop to the game will have no bearing on the actual 90 minutes, saying:
As a player there's nothing you can do about that - you have to concentrate on your football.
No player goes out on the pitch without the intention of giving his best and I'm sure all the Newcastle fans will be thinking that.
They'll want to put on a display and do well in front of their crowd and bounce back from recent results, and as a player you are there to perform.
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