GABRIEL Obertan is set to return for Newcastle United in tomorrow’s Premier League match at Hull – but the game has come too soon for Siem de Jong.
And defender Paul Dummett has been ruled out of the televised fixture (12.45pm kick-off) with a hamstring problem.
Obertan has been sidelined since early November with a thigh injury, but the winger could be among the visiting substitutes against Steve Bruce’s Tigers.
But forward de Jong – out since September with a thigh problem – is not yet fit enough to return, though he took a big stride towards a first-team comeback this week with a goalscoring appearance in a behind-closed-doors game against Carlisle.
Dummett – who suffered his injury against Southampton earlier this month – will return to training next week.
“Paul Dummett is injured this weekend, but should be back training again on Monday for the Stoke game (on February 8),” said head coach John Carver.
“It’s definitely too early for Siem, but Gabby has a good chance of being on the bench.”
Meanwhile, utility player Ryan Taylor – who made an abortive return from a twice ruptured cruciate ligament earlier this season – is back in training.
“It’s good news,” said Carver. “He has been back all week and he looks good.”