Cacapa to return for Magpies

Defender set for first appearance since Pompey shocker

Cacapa: Had an off-day

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Claudio Cacapa could return to the Newcastle United team for Saturday's trip to struggling Fulham.

The Brazilian defender has missed the Magpies' last five games since being substituted less than 20 minutes into the 4-1 home defeat to Portsmouth in early November.

Cacapa blamed a hamstring injury for that horror show, but is expected to feature in a behind-closed-doors game this week.

That run-out could put the former Lyon stopper in line for a first-team comeback against Fulham and Sam Allardyce is keen to have Cacapa back at his disposal.

Off-day

"Everybody knows what happened against Portsmouth last month, but what I have to say is that everybody can have an off-day," Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle.

"Claudio made a couple of mistakes in the space of five minutes, and that's why I brought him off.

"He was not 100 per cent fit, but he wanted to play, and looking back, perhaps that was not the best decision he has made.

"But before Portsmouth, I also have to say that Claudio had been superb for us, and we have missed his experience and his guile.

"It's too early to start to talk about our team for Fulham, but we have to stop conceding silly goals."