Ameobi would have missed the postponed Barclays Premier League tripto Birmingham last weekend with a hamstring injury, and is likely tomiss out on Sunday.
However, defender Sol Campbell has shaken off the bout of illnesswhich threatened his participation at St Andrew's, and he and StevenTaylor will fight to keep their places as Fabricio Coloccini and MikeWilliamson belatedly return from suspension.
Up against it: Toon striker Ameobi (right) is suffering from a hamstring problem
Keeper Steve Harper, who was an unused substitute for the 3-1 victory over Liverpool on his return from shoulder surgery, is pushing to replace Tim Krul, but Dan Gosling (knee), Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) and Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) are still out.
Team (from): Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, Campbell, Kadar, Barton, Tiote, Smith, Routledge, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Nolan, Vuckic, Tavernier, Donaldson, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Xisco.
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