Atsu could make Toon return

Newcastle United

Christian Atsu could return to the Newcastle side for the visit of Stoke but Aleksandar Mitrovic misses out.

Atsu was rested for the win at Swansea but could earn a recall for the home game against the Potters on Saturday.

Striker Mitrovic serves the second match of a three-game suspension after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct following the win over West Ham.

Newcastle have no new injury or suspension concerns but Paul Dummett, Chancel Mbemba and Massadio Haidara remain absent.

Manager Rafael Benitez also returns to the dugout after missing the win at Swansea following an operation.