Tuesday 30 May 2017

Ireland in contention for debut

Newcastle's Stephen Ireland and Danny Simpson (left) during the training session at Longbenton Training Ground. Photo: PA
Newcastle's Stephen Ireland and Danny Simpson (left) during the training session at Longbenton Training Ground. Photo: PA

Loan signing Stephen Ireland has been included in the Newcastle squad for the first time for tomorrow night's Barclays Premier League clash with leaders Manchester United.

The 24-year-old could make his debut despite spending the last few days at the bedside of partner Jessica Lawlor after she suffered multiple injuries in a road accident last week.

Midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender James Perch return from suspension, but skipper Kevin Nolan completes his two-match ban. Goalkeeper Steve Harper has had an injection in his knee and is doubtful.

Provisional squad: Harper, Krul, Sodeberg, Simpson, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, S Taylor, R Taylor, Perch, Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Ireland, Vuckic, Tavernier, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi.



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