Shearer looks for man in the middle
Newcastle boss Alan Shearer is facing a midfield headache for the crucial Barclays Premier League clash with Middlesbrough. Joey Barton begins his three-match suspension after being sent off at Liverpool last Sunday while Alan Smith is a major doubt with a thigh problem. Left-back Jose Enrique is struggling to shake off his hamstring injury but central defender Steven Taylor (ankle) has returned to training after two games on the sidelines and could figure.
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