Alan Pardew revealed at his pre-match conference that he is still waiting on the fitness of club captain, Mile Jedinak, ahead of the weekend game against Stoke City.
The midfielder played in the 1-1 draw against Everton at the beginning of this month but then in the next training session he had to leave the field with an ankle injury. The manager is waiting on his progress before naming the squad for the weekend's match against Mark Hughes side.
Fellow midfielder Joe Ledley has recovered from his injury and has been training this week, he is now available for selection in the travelling party this weekend.
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