In dire need of a boost, Newcastle United could welcome back two of their more important players - Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote - against Aston Villa.
Newcastle captain, Fabricio Coloccini, faces another spell on the sidelines after damaging his knee's medial ligaments against West Brom.
Fabricio Coloccini could be available for selection this weekend, as Newcastle look to beat another London team, this time against Spurs at White Hart Lane.
In a shocking repudiation of recent reports, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew declared that Fabricio Coloccini had an outside chance of making the weekend's derby match.
Fabricio Coloccini, who had already ruled out of the weekend's Tyne-Wear derby, is now expected to be out through Christmas.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has ruled skipper Fabricio Coloccini out of the weekend's big derby against Sunderland.
Club captain Fabricio Coloccini is a major doubt for Newcastle's match against Liverpool after withdrawing from the Argentina squad with a muscle injury.
A done deal for FC Twente's Brazillian defender Douglas was nixed by new Director of Football, Joe Kinnear, who had never heard of the player.
Fabricio Coloccini has been ordered to return for pre-season training despite remaining unsettled in England.