Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says he expects Newcastle United to start climbing the Premier League table once their injured players return to action.
The Magpies have been without a host of key stars in recent months and have slipped to 15th in their absence, but many of them could be back playing over the coming weeks.
Hughton's side welcome Newcastle to Carrow Road this Saturday. Speaking ahead of the match, he said: "We know it's not one of the better periods for Newcastle, but we know what quality that they have in the squad. We know they're capable of winning any game."
He added: "Most people expect that once they get their bigger players and some of the injuries back that they'll start climbing up the league."
Newcastle United could welcome back a host of players for Saturday's Premier League trip to Norwich.
The Magpies have been missing some key personel in recent weeks and were forced to field a weakened team during last weekend's FA Cup exit at the hands of Brighton. However, some of those absentees could return for the visit to Carrow Road.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini is expected to back among the starting line-up, as is striker Papiss Cisse after both missed the 2-0 defeat at the Amex.
Full-back Mathieu Debuchy could be handed his club debut after completing his move from Lille, while his France international team-mate Yohan Cabaye could be named among the substitutes after recovering from a groin injury.
Speaking ahead of the match, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: "Steven Taylor I think will be ready for Reading. Cabaye will certainly be ready for Reading.
"Jonas [Gutierrez] is fit, and he'll be available for Norwich. So we're looking like we're getting some senior bodies back in and around the team at a crucial time.
"We really need to get ourselves some momentum. So I think for our fans, who we really let down last week, that we give a really good account of ourselves at Norwich and start getting points on the board."
Newcastle United's Premier League match against Southampton has been re-arranged to Sunday 24 February. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30pm.
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