Cabaye The Key?

26 December 2011 11:21
Yohan Cabaye will return to the Newcastle squad for the Boxing Day trip to Bolton.


Bolton defender Marcos Alonso will miss the clash after being ruled out for four to six weeks to undergo surgery to replace a pin in his foot.

Defender David Wheater is back in contention after he served the final game of a four-match suspension against Blackburn on Tuesday.

Midfielder Sean Davis and defender Sam Ricketts stepped up their bids for a first-team comeback with a game for the reserves against Oldham this week.

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Eagles, Robinson, Muamba, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic, Tuncay, Bogdan, M Davies, Pratley, Ngog, Blake, Kakuta, Reo-Coker.


Yohan Cabaye missed the 3-2 home defeat by West Brom on Wednesday evening through suspension, but is likely to go straight back into the team at the Reebok Stadium.

Full-back Davide Santon is being assessed after limping out of the Baggies game with a knee problem at half-time and midfielder Danny Guthrie (groin) is still a doubt, while striker Peter Lovenkrands could be sidelined for up to three weeks by a calf injury.

Central defender Steven Taylor (Achilles) is expected to sit out the rest of the season and midfielder Dan Gosling completes his three-match ban.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, R. Taylor, Santon, Ferguson, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Tiote, Cabaye, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Abeid, Vuckic, Smith, Ba, Best, Shola Ameobi.