By Tom Easterby
Tim Krul could be in line for a Newcastle United return in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Stoke City (3.07pm kick-off).
The Dutch stopper has been out with a knee problem he suffered in the 3-0 defeat to Everton last month. Until that point, the 25-year-old had been an ever-present for United in the league.
Rob Elliot impressed while deputising for Krul in defeats against Southampton and Manchester United, but Alan Pardew has indicated his number one custodian is in with a shout for a return at the Britannia Stadium.
"Tim's been training. I think he's got a chance of playing," the manager confirmed.
However, 13-goal striker Loic Remy will again be missing from the Newcastle side on Saturday.
The Magpies' top scorer has been out with a troublesome calf injury since netting in a 4-1 demolition of Hull City at the start of March, and though United were hoping he would be fit enough to take part this weekend, his manager confirmed the on-loan hitman will be absent once more.
"He won't make this game, but he's training," revealed Pardew on Thursday. "We like to think he'll make the next game.
"To lose the spearhead of your team is difficult, he's somebody who's scored a lot of goals this year. I think, among the group, we're just trying to get the best performance we can, and keep it as positive as we can going into Stoke.
"The most important thing for the Club this weekend is to try and get a result at Stoke, and to put in a performance that we can be proud of."