Best and Hall set for Magpies bows

Newcastle could hand debuts to Leon Best and Fitz Hall in Friday night's Championship clash with Cardiff at St James' Park.

Last Updated: 04/02/10 at 17:41

Hall: Included in squad to face Cardiff

Hall: Included in squad to face Cardiff

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Best, the former Coventry striker, and defender Hall, signed on loan from QPR, will be included in the squad as the Magpies attempt to stretch their lead at the top of the table to six points.

Shola Ameobi (shoulder), Danny Simpson and Jonas Gutierrez (both ankle) are fit once again and teenage full-back Patrick van Aanholt, on loan from Chelsea, could be in line to make his first appearance at St James' Park.

However, Steven Taylor (knee) and Jose Enrique (hamstring) will be missing one again while midfielder Joey Barton is continuing his fight for full fitness after returning to training after a foot injury.

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