Team news: Newcastle v Reading

Steven Taylor is in line for a return from injury for Newcaslte. Photo: PA

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew could welcome back defender Steven Taylor for the Barclays Premier League match against Reading.

Taylor has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in November and could feature, while striker Shola Ameobi is available after he missed last weekend's goalless draw with Norwich through suspension.

Fabricio Coloccini looks set to continue in the Newcastle defence despite continuing rumours linking him with a move back to Argentina but Hatem Ben Arfa remains sidelined.

Newcastle from: Krul, Elliot, Tavernier, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Debuchy, Santon, Gutierrez, Anita, Cabaye, Cisse, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Amalfitano, Marveaux, Abeid, Ranger, Ferguson, Shola Ameobi, Taylor.

Right-back Stephen Kelly looks set to make his Reading debut in tomorrow's Barclays Premier League game at Newcastle.

Midfielder Hope Akpan could also start his first match for the Royals following his move from Crawley.

Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are out but midfielder Mikele Leigertwood is available after recovering from an unspecified knock.

Provisional squad: Federici, Ugwu, Taylor, Gunter, Kelly, Cummings, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Carrico, Akpan, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.