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Shearer Fitness Test

Shearer Fitness Test

Newcastle captain Alan Shearer will have a late fitness test after sitting out three matches with a calf injury. Kieron Dyer, Titus Bramble and Craig Moore are progressing well from injuries but the match comes too soon.

Bolton hope to welcome El-Hadji Diouf back into the fold and the striker may start on the bench after recovering from a double hernia operation. Nicky Hunt is suspended and the club's nine internationals will be assessed following their midweek exertions. Gary Speed will make a welcome return to his old stomping ground.

Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Ramage, Babayaro, Boumsong, Elliott, Parker, N'Zogbia, Solano, Emre, Bowyer, Clark, Luque, Faye, Brittain, Pattison, O'Brien, Shearer, Ameobi, Chopra.


Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Walker, O'Brien, N'Gotty, Jaidi, Gardner, Faye, Speed, Okocha, Ben Haim, Nakata, Vaz Te, Nolan, Davies, Diouf, Giannakopoulos, Borgetti, Pedersen.


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