ROB Elliot has been put on standby for Newcastle United’s visit to West Ham tomorrow – after Tim Krul suffered a knock in training yesterday.
Krul is doubtful for tomorrow’s Upton Park with the problem.
But there was better news for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on captain Fabricio Coloccini, who is closing in on a return from a calf injury sustained in this month’s win at West Brom.
Steven Taylor, Cheik Tiote and Emmanuel Riviere could be involved against West Ham, though the game has come too soon for Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Mehdi Abeid (toe).
Asked about Krul, Pardew said: “He’s got a knock.”
Pardew added that he was “hopeful” the goalkeeper would be fit to face Sam Allardyce’s side.
If Krul fails to prove his fitness, ex-Charlton keeper Elliot will make his first Premier League appearance of the season for in-form United.
Pardew, meanwhile, believes the injury problems which have hit his selections in recent weeks will soon ease.
He said: “Colo is running around, and so is Rolando – Tayls, Cheik, Riviere as well.
“A good proportion of those could be included at West Ham.
“Abeid is out – he’s not comfortable.”
Papiss Cisse has been a substitute in recent weeks.
However, the striker is pushing for a start, having shrugged off a minor knee problem.
“Papiss is much improved,” he said.
“I’m really pleased, he’s had a good week. He looks like he’s got more agility in his movement.”
Meanwhile, the Football League’s emergency loan window closed yesterday without any more Newcastle players leaving.
Blackpool and Port Vale had been keen to sign Remie Streete, from South Shields, on a short-term deal until the end of the year.
However, the 20-year-old is needed on Tyneside as defensive cover.
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