Newcastle have been handed a boost with the news that Obafemi Martins could return from injury to face West Brom this weekend.
The Nigerian hit-man has been out of action since suffering a hernia problem in the 3-0 win at Portsmouth in December.
Martins underwent an operation on the injury in January and he has made a rapid recovery.
The striker's return to fitness is a timely boost for Magpies boss Joe Kinnear, with Michael Owen currently sidelined with an ankle injury.
"Hopefully we'll have Oba fit for West Brom (on Saturday) which is a big boost," Kinnear told the club's official website.