One James in for another at Newcastle United

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JAMES Tavernier has been put on standby for Newcastle United’s visit to Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.

The defender has been recalled from his loan spell at MK Dons after James Perch suffered a slight strain.

Tavernier, right, had been due to spend the rest of the season at the League One club.

However, Pardew activated a recall clause after it became clear Perch, outstanding in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Liverpool, was a doubt ahead of tomorrow’s game against Swansea City.

And Tavernier – who has recovered from a knee injury which had seen him sidelined at MK Dons – has been put in the squad for Swansea City.

“We’ve called Tav back, so he’ll go straight into the squad,” Pardew said.

“The experience he’s going to gain in these last seven games will be significant in his development.”

Pardew is also without hamstring victim Fabricio Coloccini, while Steven Taylor is out for the season after rupturing his Achilles in October.

Tavernier – who can play at centre-half and right-back – has also had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United this season.

Meanwhile, Coloccini could be back for the Easter Monday game against Bolton at the Sports Direct Arena.

H Midfielders Danny Guthrie and Haris Vuckic are out of Newcastle United’s next two games.

Guthrie suffered a calf injury in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Liverpool last weekend, while Vuckic has a knock.