Newcastle are still awaiting news of Papiss Cisse's situation with Senegal threatening to demand he does not play against Swansea.
The African nation's football federation claim they did not receive details of the back injury which prevented the striker joining up with them for their midweek friendly against Niger and could invoke FIFA's five-day rule, which would mean he is not available for the Premier League fixture.
Manager Alan Pardew is already without midfielders Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Jonas Gutierrez (knee), utility man James Perch (thigh) and suspended defender Fabricio Coloccini, but full-back Danny Simpson (shoulder) and frontman Demba Ba (shin) are available, as is midfielder Cheick Tiote after completing his three-match ban.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is sweating on the fitness of several players ahead of the trip to Newcastle.
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng misses out with a hamstring problem, while his preferred replacement Kemy Agustien is struggling with a toe injury.
Leon Britton also has a knock while winger Pablo Hernandez is nursing an ankle injury, although defender Chico Flores is set to return from a dead leg.
Should Agustien be unavailable, Laudrup may opt to move top scorer Michu back into midfield and hand Danny Graham or Itay Shechter a start up front.
Newcastle: Krul, Harper, Elliot, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, S Taylor, Williamson, Tiote, Bigirimana, Ben Arfa, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Abeid, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi.
Swansea: Flores, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Cornell, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.