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Pienaar: Available to make his Tottenham debut

Pienaar: Available to make his Tottenham debut

Injury-hit Newcastle will be without a host of first-team regulars after more bad news for manager Alan Pardew this week.

Alan Smith could miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he sustained in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland last weekend while leading scorer Andy Carroll is recovering slower than expected from his thigh strain.

Dan Gosling made his return from a serious knee injury last weekend but is now out again after the joint swelled up, and he joins Steven Taylor (hamstring), Sol Campbell (leg), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) on the sidelines.

Captain Kevin Nolan has a throat infection but will start while midfielder Cheik Tiote serves the second instalment of a three-match ban following his sending-off in the FA Cup defeat by Stevenage. Wayne Routledge is also unlikely to be involved after Newcastle accepted a bid from QPR to take him on loan.

Steven Pienaar is available to make his Tottenham debut.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Wilson Palacios are doubtful after they both picked up minor knee injuries in training this week and Ledley King continues to be sidelined by a groin problem.

Long-term absentees Jonathan Woodgate (groin), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are also unavailable.

Newcastle (from): Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Donaldson, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Ranger.

Spurs (from): Gomes, Pletikosa, Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Palacios, Jenas, Bale, Lennon, Modric, Dos Santos, Van der Vaart, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Defoe, Pienaar.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  
16:10
Everton v Man Utd  
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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