Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear could be handed a triple boost as he prepares for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Everton.
Kinnear, who will complete his own two-game touchline ban at Goodison Park, will welcome back midfielder Danny Guthrie from suspension, while full-backs Jose Enrique (hamstring) and Habib Beye (Achilles) have a chance of making the squad.
Jonas Gutierrez (fractured collarbone) has returned from Argentina and could be back in business for Manchester City's visit to St James' Park on October 20, but Mark Viduka (Achilles) is out for another six weeks and Alan Smith (stress fracture) three months. In addition, Ignacio Gonzalez (hamstring) and the suspended Joey Barton are still missing.
Provisional squad: Given, Harper, Beye, Edgar, Enrique, N'Zogbia, Taylor, Coloccini, Cacapa, Bassong, Tozer, Butt, Guthrie, Geremi, Duff, Donninger, Owen, Xisco, Ameobi, Donaldson, Ranger, Danquah.