JJ Hooper

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Striker JJ Hooper makes a timely return to the Newcastle United under-18s squad ahead of their FA Youth Cup fifth round tie against Queens Park Rangers on Thursday night.

The London-born hitman - the Magpies' second-top scorer at Academy level this term - has not played since undergoing a hernia operation following the third round win over Darlington in December.

But he is in Dave Watson's 16-man party for this week's big game at the Sports Direct Arena (7pm) - with a home quarter-final date against Blackburn awaiting the winners.

Adam Campbell is also involved, having returned from England under-17s' successful Algarve Tournament campaign on Tuesday evening, and Remie Streete has shrugged off an injury which forced him off for the Reserves in last week's Sage Northumberland FA Senior Cup win over Bedlington.

Dennis Knight, scorer of a memorable solo goal in the fourth round victory against Watford, is hoping for another chance to shine on this stage while Michael Hoganson was the other teenager on target against the Hornets,

The squad is: Alex Baird, Jonathan Mitchell, Will Turton, Steven Logan, Lee Toland, Michael Riley, Remie Streete, Jamie Smith, Louis Storey, Brandon Miele, Ben Sayer, Dennis Knight, Marcus Maddison, Michael Hoganson, Adam Campbell, JJ Hooper

Thursday's match at the Sports Direct Arena kicks off at 7pm. Admission to the East Stand is by paying at the turnstiles on the night and season ticket holders and Club Members are not entitled to free admission for this tie. Prices are £3 for adults and £1 concessions.