SYLVAIN Marveaux’s pushing for a start against Arsenal.
The Newcastle United midfielder was an unused substitute at Loftus Road last weekend.
Marveaux watched from the bench as the club secured its Premier League status with a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.
But the 27-year-old – who had been sidelined with a hamstring problem – is close to fitness.
And Marveaux – who has more assists than any other United player this season – is a contender to start against Arsene Wenger’s side at St James’s Park on Sunday.
“We’ve missed Sylvain,” Alan Pardew told the Gazette. “The fact that he’s back is great news.
“He could be important for us. We didn’t need him last week, but this could be a different scenario. He’ll certainly play a part.”
Defender Davide Santon, also an unused substitute at Loftus Road, is also pushing for a start after recovering from a hamstring problem.