Newcastle Utd boss selection headache for Fulham

Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye
Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye

ALAN Pardew will make a late decision on Yohan Cabaye’s availability for tomorrow’s game at Fulham.

The influential midfielder’s battling to be fit for Newcastle United’s visit to Craven Cottage.

And Cabaye’s midfield colleague Danny Guthrie has a knock, though Pardew’s confident he’ll be fit to face Martin Jol’s side.

“Guthrie’s got a little knock, but I’d think Cabaye’s the one we’re really struggling with,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We’ll have to wait and see. He was in the swimming pool, and we’ll have to see how it pans out.

“Danny seems OK, so that’s usually a good sign.”

Cabaye, who has been one of the success stories of the season so far, suffered an ankle injury in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Pardew had been hopeful Cabaye would be available to face Fulham, however, the 25-year-old’s yet to return to training.

Striker Peter Lovenkrands, meanwhile, is back in training.

Meanwhile, Fulham’s former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has his sights set firmly on the 2014 World Cup after signing a contract extension with the Cottagers.

The 39-year-old Australian, who joined Fulham on a free transfer from Boro in the summer of 2008, has penned a new deal which will take him up to the end of the 2012-2013 campaign.

Schwarzer, who is continuing to recover from the back injury which has sidelined him since early December, has no intentions of taking life easy just yet.

“I want to do the best job I can,” he said.