Newcastle United midfield duo in line to face Fulham

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KEVIN Nolan and Danny Guthrie sat out sessions during Newcastle United’s training camp in Portugal.

But the midfield pair will be fit for Wednesday night’s visit to Fulham, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Nolan, left, was troubled by an ankle problem during the club’s spell on the Algarve this week, while Guthrie suffered cramp in Newcastle’s last game, the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park.

However, Pardew – without the suspended Cheik Tiote and long-term injury victim Alan Smith – says the pair will be okay for the televised clash at Craven Cottage.

“Danny will be fine for Fulham – he didn’t train, but he’s okay,” said Pardew.

“Kevin had an ankle knock, and also didn’t train, but he’ll fine for Fulham.”

Tiote will serve the last game of his three-match ban for his dismissal in United’s FA Cup defeat at Stevenage.

Smith could be out for the rest of the season with the ankle problem he suffered in the derby away to Sunderland earlier this month.

While injuries remain a concern to Pardew, he’s confident his squad returned to Tyneside on Thursday from Portugal in good shape.

Pardew’s work in recent weeks has been hampered by snow and frozen pitches at the club’s Benton HQ, and the trip allowed his players to train morning and afternoon.

“The weather out there was pretty damp and miserable,” Pardew went on, “but at least we had the chance to get some solid training done on grass and I caught up with a few of the players.

”We also rested a couple of the lads.

“In terms of fitness and football, it’s looking good, and it was worthwhile.”

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