Midfielder Yohan Cabaye could return to the Newcastle squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham.
Manager Alan Pardew has told the 27-year-old he expects him to be available for the first time this season as the Magpies brace themselves for an improved bid from Arsenal.
Striker Loic Remy, the club's only senior signing to date this summer, could be involved from the bench after recovering from the calf problem he had when he signed from QPR, but midfielder Cheick Tiote (groin) will miss out as he joins Jonas Gutierrez (knee) and suspended defender Steven Taylor on the sidelines.
Maarten Stekelenburg is likely to be missing again when Fulham travel to Newcastle on Saturday.
The Dutch goalkeeper, signed from Roma in June, suffered a shoulder injury on the opening day and suffered a setback following a fall in training.
Fellow summer signing Fernando Amorebieta's debut remains on hold, while Kieran Richardson is out for three more weeks with a hamstring complaint.
Newcastle: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Good, Santon, Dummett, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran, Cisse, Vuckic, Remy.
Fulham: Stockdale, Etheridge, Riether, Briggs, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Sidwell, Parker, Boateng, Karagounis, Kasami, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Duff, Taarabt, Berbatov, Ruiz, Bent, Rodallega