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Newcastle are short on options in defence ahead of their meeting with Bordeaux

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Oct 2012 14:42 | Comments

Danny Simpson's return is timely for Newcastle
Danny Simpson's return is timely for Newcastle

Full-back Danny Simpson returns to the Newcastle squad for tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Bordeaux.

The former Manchester United defender has been out since damaging a hamstring in the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Aston Villa on September 2, but his return to fitness could hardly have been better-timed with manager Alan Pardew facing a defensive crisis.

Central defender Steven Taylor (calf muscle) and Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring), are likely to miss tomorrow's game, while keeper Tim Krul (elbow) remains on the sidelines.

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye is available after recovering from a mouth infection.

Newcastle provisional squad: Harper, Elliot, Simpson, Tavernier, Ferguson, Perch, Williamson, Good, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Anita, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Vuckic, Abeid, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Campbell.

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