Newcastle v Bristol City preview
Last Updated: 25/02/17 10:51am
Newcastle could give Aleksandar Mitrovic first chance to deputise for the injured Dwight Gayle against Bristol City.
A hamstring injury will keep the Championship's top-scorer out for at least a month and Mitrovic is expected to edge the likes of Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez when Rafael Benitez looks for alternatives.
Midfielder Isaac Hayden is also out for several weeks following ankle surgery.
Vurnon Anita (ankle) and Roland Aarons (knee) have been back in training and are close to returning.
Relegation-threatened City are still without on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham for the trip to St James' Park.
The 21-goal forward is expected to be out for another fortnight with a thigh injury.
Defender Mark Little also remains on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
Forward Lee Tomlin is one booking away from a suspension.