Defender Wes Brown could make a first competitive appearance for the club since January last year after finally shaking off the calf problem which has sidelined him since pre-season.
Gus Poyet: "If you need experience and intelligence and players who have played at the highest level in the biggest games, he is one of them, so I wouldn't be too worried on that side.
"It's something that we have been struggling with, the mental side, so mentally, I don't think there could be a better player.
"Now the thing is he needs to be able to compete, of course, and last for 90 minutes, so we will see how he reacts to the last four sessions."
Source: Newcastle United Mad