NEWCASTLE v Man United: Butt out of clash with old employers
03 March 2009 03:37
No Butt: The midfielder will not face his former team Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt is out of the Barclays Premier League match with former club Manchester United.
The 34-year-old damaged his knee in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Bolton and will not make it for the Carling Cup winners' visit to St James' Park, with Geremi or Alan Smith set to deputise.
Kevin Nolan will serve the second leg of a three-match ban, while Damien Duff (calf), Michael Owen (ankle ligaments), Habib Beye (ankle), Danny Guthrie (hamstring), Joey Barton and Xisco (both fractured metatarsal) are still out.
Provisional squad: Harper, Forster, S. Taylor, Bassong, Coloccini, Enrique, Edgar, Cacapa, R. Taylor, Lovenkrands, Geremi, Donaldson, Ameobi, Jonas, Smith, Viduka, Martins, Carroll.