Boss Michael Laudrup has several injury concerns ahead of the St James’ Park clash and it looks like the Dane will have to shuffle his pack for the north east visit.
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng misses out with a hamstring problem, while his preferred replacement, Agustien, is struggling with a toe injury.
Britton also has a knock while winger Hernandez is nursing an ankle injury, although defender Chico Flores is set to return from a dead leg.
Should Agustien be unavailable, Laudrup may opt to move top scorer Michu back into midfield and hand Danny Graham or Itay Shechter a start up front.
Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon claimed referee John Beaton failed to protect his players from 'disgraceful' challenges during a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.