Danny Simpson is set to make his Newcastle comeback against Bordeaux tomorrow night, writes Miles Starforth.
The defender has been out for a month with a hamstring problem.
However, Simpson returned to training last week, and will be in manager Alan Pardew’s squad for the Europa League group game.
“Danny’s available, and I think we’ve missed him, to be honest,” said Pardew.
However, Simpson’s defensive colleagues Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini – who both have hamstring problems – won’t be available, while goalkeeper Tim Krul (elbow) is still out.
Pardew added: “I think, defensively, we’re at our max – I’ve not got the options I would like.”