NEWCASTLE v Blackburn: Martins bosst for Magpies

Last updated at 14:43 29 February 2008


Striker Obafemi Martins returns to Newcastle's squad for Saturday's Barclays

Premier League home match against Blackburn.

The Nigeria international is fit after returning from the African Nations Cup

with an ankle problem, although Emre (calf) and Mark Viduka (calf and hamstring)

will miss out once again.

Shay Given will be sidelined for up to three weeks with the groin injury he

aggravated against Manchester United last weekend and could require minor

surgery during the summer, while Stephen Carr is still out with a hamstring

problem.

Provisional squad: Harper, Forster, Beye, N'Zogbia, Enrique, Cacapa, Taylor,

Faye, Edgar, Butt, Smith, Milner, Duff, Barton, LuaLua, Owen, Martins, Ameobi,

Carroll.

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