Newcastle v Man City preview

Yohan Cabaye is ready to be welcomed back into the Newcastle fold against Manchester City on Sunday after being allowed to jet off for a family break as he nursed his way back from an Achilles injury.

Tim Krul could also come back into Pardew's plans after sitting out the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Cardiff City last weekend with a shoulder complaint.

Skipper Fabricio Coloccini remains out of action with a knee problem and Mathieu Debuchy will play no part as he continues to serve a three-match ban.

Manchester City will give newly-crowned African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure as long as possible to prove his fitness after the midfielder took a knock to his ankle during Wednesday's Capital One Cup demolition of West Ham United.

Martin Demichelis came on for the Ivorian in midweek and is closing on full match fitness, while Micah Richards and Stevan Jovetic have made a timely return to full training with the games coming thick and fast.

Among those set to definitely miss out this weekend are top scorer Sergio Aguero (calf) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring), but Dedryck Boyata is available again after serving a suspension for the red card he picked up on FA Cup duty at Blackburn Rovers.