Newcastle new boy Luuk de Jong will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby clash with Sunderland.
However, the 23-year-old loan signing, who has not started a game for parent club Borussia Monchengladbach all season, is likely to be named only among the substitutes despite leading scorer Loic Remy's failure to have his red card at Norwich in midweek overturned on appeal.
Fellow frontmen Papiss Cisse (back) and Yoan Gouffran (muscle strain) remain major doubts, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Sunderland new boy Liam Bridcutt could be handed a debut at St James Park.
The former Brighton midfielder goes straight into the squad, as does Argentinian striker Ignacio Scocco provided his international clearance arrives in time.
Former skipper Lee Cattermole, who was the subject of a deadline-day bid from Stoke, would not have played anyway because of a calf injury, while striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt with a niggling Achilles problem.
Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Santon, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Gosling, De Jong, Shola Ameobi.
Sunderland squad: Mannone, Ustari, Pickford, Celustka, Alonso, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Roberge, Bridcutt, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Mavrias, Colback, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini, Scocco.