DARYL Janmaat and Paul Dummett will be fit to face Leicester City – and help Newcastle United finally get up and running.
Injuries ruled the defensive pair out of the Holland and Wales’s Euro 2016 qualifiers during the international break.
But Janmaat (hamstring) and Dummett (thigh) are pencilled in to return to training next week ahead of what United manager Alan Pardew has labelled a “massive game” at St James’s Park on October 18.
Newcastle are yet to win a Premier League match this season.
And likely availability of Janmaat and Dummett will come as a relief to Pardew, who is under intense pressure from supporters with his team third from bottom of the division.
However, Pardew must now wait to see if the rest of the club’s international players, among them Papiss Demba Cisse, Cheik Tiote and Moussa Sissoko, return unscathed from fixtures across Europe and Africa.
Preparations for the Leicester game won’t be able to start in earnest until the back end of next week when Pardew has his full squad on Tyneside.
“It’s a time where we lose all our big players, and they come back and we’re going to have two days to prepare for a massive game,” said Pardew.
“It’s a big, big chance for us to get our win in the next home game. We’ve got to try and take it.”
Defender Steven Taylor – who missed last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City – will also be available.
With Janmaat and Dummett both expected to recover from their injuries – and Taylor also fit – United yesterday allowed 19-year-old centre-half Remie Streete to join Port Vale on a month’s loan.
Meanwhile, Cisse – who scored both Newcastle’s goals against Swansea – will line up for Senegal against Tunisia tonight in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar.
And goalkeeper Tim Krul is in the Holland squad for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan in Amsterdam tonight.
Sissoko and Remy Cabella hope to start tomorrow’s qualifier against Portugal in Paris.
Those players not on international duty have trained this week under the supervision of Pardew.