Toon wait for news on Shearer

Newcastle captain Alan Shearer will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness ahead of tomorrow evening’s Barclays Premiership clash with Everton.

The 35-year-old has missed the last two games with a calf problem and remains a major doubt, while Kieron Dyer and Titus Bramble (both hamstring) are definitely out and could be for up to three weeks.

Full-back Celestine Babayaro returns after suspension, but Michael Owen (foot), Stephen Carr (hernia) and Steven Taylor (shoulder) remain on the casualty list.

Provisional squad: Given, Harper, Ramage, Boumsong, Elliott, Babayaro, Parker, Emre, Solano, N’Zogbia, Bowyer, Clark, Brittain, Pattison, Shearer, Ameobi, Luque, Chopra.

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