TAMAS Kadar has been put on standby for his Premier League debut.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will make a late decision on captain Fabricio Coloccini for Saturday’s game at Norwich City.
The defender suffered a thigh problem in last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea and had an “outside chance” of proving his fitness in time to play at Carrow Road, according to Pardew.
And Hungarian Kadar – who has not made a first-team appearance for Newcastle in more than a year and has never played in the top-flight – is among Pardew’s options, having returned from a loan spell at Huddersfield Town earlier this year.
“Tamas is an option,” said Pardew. “He’s played well for the reserves and he’s up to speed.
“He’s a player who hasn’t had an opportunity and is looking to kick-start his Newcastle career.
“We’ve had one or two come out of the woodwork, with Ryan Taylor being the prime example.”
If Coloccini loses his battle to be fit, Danny Simpson or Davide Santon could also be asked to partner James Perch in central defence.
Pardew added: “They’re options as well.”
Defender Mike Williamson is close to fitness, but will not be ready in time to face Norwich.
However, Williamson – who has been out since August with an ankle problem – should be available for the home game against Swansea City on December 17.