Ireland in contention for debut

18 April 2011 03:00
Loan signing Stephen Ireland has been included in the Newcastle squad for the first time for Tuesday`s Barclays Premier League clash with leaders Manchester United. The 24-year-old could make his debut despite spending the last few days at the bedside of partner Jessica Lawlor after she suffered multiple injuries in a road accident last week. Midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender James Perch return from suspension, but skipper Kevin Nolan completes his two-match ban. Goalkeeper Steve Harper has had an injection in his knee and is doubtful.

Source: PA