Duo ruled out
Newcastle will be without Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan for the trip to Wigan but Yohan Cabaye has been passed fit.
Marveaux has been on the sidelines since November with groin and hip problems, and although he is making good progress the game at the DW Stadium will come too soon for him. The same can be said for Obertan who has been out for a month with an ankle problem but boss Alan Pardew is hopeful of having them both back for the game against Chelsea. "I'm not going to take Obertan or Marveaux (to Wigan)," said Pardew. "They still need to do a bit more work. They have only been on the training ground three or four days. "They've had terrible weather this week, so I'll leave them behind and get them ready for Chelsea. They'll come back into contention." There is better news concerning Cabaye, who has shaken off a knock picked up against Stoke and is fit to play as the Magpies go in search of their seventh straight win.