CHEIK Tiote and Shola Ameobi are set to return for Newcastle United at Goodison Park.
Tiote has missed the last four games with a calf problem.
And Ameobi is yet to feature having been sidelined with a hamstring injury on the eve of the campaign.
United manager Alan Pardew felt Tiote would have made a difference in yesterday’s disappointing 1-1 home draw against Aston Villa.
Ameobi would have also given Pardew – who didn’t name a striker among his substitutes – a welcome option from the bench.
However, the pair are pencilled in to return against Everton on September 17.
“Shola has a good chance, and I’m hoping that Cheik has also,” Pardew said. “We have two weeks to get him right.
“That’s what we hope to do – get him fit and strong.
“That was Cheik’s game against Villa – we missed him like nobody else.
“There was a lot of midfielders there, and he’s have bashed a few of them up. That’s what we needed to do.”
Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson are also closing in on their combacks.