Injury boost for Newcastle Utd ahead of Liverpool clash

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CHEIK Tiote and Ryan Taylor returned to training today ahead of Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.

The pair’s return will give Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew a welcome lift after captain Fabricio Coloccini was ruled out of the televised clash. Tiote has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, while Taylor has been sidelined for three matches with a calf injury.

Influential midfielder Tiote will return to the starting XI alongside Yohan Cabaye.

And Taylor could line up at left-back, where Jonas Gutierrez, James Perch and Davide Santon have played in the last two games.

Assistant manager John Carver said: “They’re going to join in today which is good.

“It’s important we get as many of them back on the training pitch as possible during the run-in.”

Meanwhile, Perch is expected to replace Coloccini, who will miss the next two games with the hamstring problem he suffered last weekend.