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Newcastle v Villa preview

Newcastle are boosted by the return of striker Loic Remy for Sunday's clash with Aston Villa, after he finished a three-game suspension.

Fabricio Coloccini has not played since New Year's Day, but Alan Pardew will hope to be able to restore his captain to the centre of his defence.

Cheick Tiote has missed the last two games with injury, but he should also make his return to boost Newcastle's midfield.

Andi Weimann is set to return to Aston Villa's starting line-up after appearing as a substitute against Cardiff.

Karim El Ahmadi is also pushing for a recall which could mean Marc Albrighton making way.

Jores Okore, Charles N'Zogbia and Libor Kozak remain sidelined through injury although the Dane is closing on a return.