Chelsea v Newcastle United: Latest team news

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Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren will welcome Jack Colback back into his squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea.

The midfielder, who is a candidate to fill in as an emergency left-back in the absence of injured defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara, has returned to training after a hamstring problem, as has striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee), and both are included in the squad.

Dummett (hamstring) and Haidara (knee) remains on the sidelines, as do keeper Tim Krul (knee), defender Kevin Mbabu (thigh), midfielders Vurnon Anita and Gabriel Obertan (both hamstring) and Siem de Jong (eye) and striker Papiss Cisse (groin).

Provisional squad: Elliot, Darlow, Janmaat, Coloccini, Taylor, Gibson, Williams, Tiote, Colback, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Shelvey, Townsend, Saivet, Gouffran, Aarons, Barlaser, Mitrovic, Perez, Doumbia, Riviere.


Striker Diego Costa is expected to play in a protective face mask when Chelsea play Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday after suffering a broken nose in training on Thursday.

Defender Kurt Zouma suffered a serious knee injury in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is out for the rest of the season, so Gary Cahill is expected to come into central defence.

Former Newcastle striker Loic Remy (calf) has been out in recent weeks along with Radamel Falcao (thigh), while Alexandre Pato is still short of match fitness and unlikely to be included.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Rahman, Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Amelia, Loftus-Cheek, Clarke-Salter.