Europa League team news: Newcastle v Benfica

Hatem Ben Arfa has rarely been seen this season. Photo: PA

Hatem Ben Arfa is in line to play a cameo role in Newcastle's Europa League quarter-final clash with Benfica on Thursday night.

The France international is back in training despite having been ruled out for the rest of the season with a long-term hamstring problem, but manager Alan Pardew has indicated that he will be involved against the Portuguese league leaders.

However, central defender Steven Taylor is out with a knee injury and joins Fabricio Coloccini (back), Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote (both hamstring) and the ineligible Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Cisse, Ameobi, Campbell.