DAN Gosling’s on standby to make his first Premier League start for Newcastle United in almost two and a half years.
Manager Alan Pardew is mulling over his options for tomorrow’s home game against Manchester United.
Pardew will be without midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who faces up to three weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
And Gosling – who hasn’t started a top-flight game since December 2011 – is a contender to start.
Another option would be to field fit-again defender Davide Santon in a midfield role.
Pardew, however, was giving little away ahead of the visit of Man United to St James’s Park.
“I don’t going to give any indication of my team,” Pardew said.
Gosling spent the first half of the season on loan at Blackpool, where he impressed.
The 24-year-old – whose Newcastle career has been blighted by a series of injuries – has been on the bench in recent weeks.