By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Dan Gosling could face his former club Everton on Saturday for the first time since making the move from Goodison Park to St. James' Park almost 18 months ago.
And the midfielder admits he is "desperate" for a chance, having been restricted to just four appearances this term - two of them in the league.
He was a late substitute in Monday night's 3-1 win at Stoke and, with Gabriel Obertan ruled out with a toe infection, could come into Alan Pardew's plans for this weekend's fixture, particularly with Cheik Tiote still an injury doubt.
Gosling was this week placed on standby for the upcoming England under-21s double-header against Iceland and Belgium and has three goals in three Reserve team appearances this season.
He was an Everton player for two-and-a-half years, joining them from Plymouth and playing for the Toffees in the 2009 FA Cup final as well as scoring memorable goals against Liverpool and Manchester United.
In March 2010, he suffered a knee injury against Wolves which ruled him out for most of his first season at St. James', but is now fully recovered and after impressing in pre-season, hopes to force his way into the side.
He told nufc.co.uk: "I'm desperate for a chance, but I'll just see when it comes.
"Hopefully if it comes on Saturday, I'll be ready."