Hughton pondering Carroll inclusion

Date published: Tuesday 8th December 2009 9:48

The 20-year-old, who has shaken off the after-effects of a virus, was arrested during the early hours of Monday morning and released on police bail after being questioned over an allegation of assault following an incident at a city night-spot.

Marlon Harewood and Peter Lovenkrands have started the last two games up front, while Shola Ameobi is available after recovering from a foot injury which has sidelined him since the end of August.

But the Championship leaders will be without key midfield Kevin Nolan, who is suspended after being sent off during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford, with the fit-again Nicky Butt the most likely beneficiary.

The Magpies are otherwise all but at full strength with only Joey Barton on the injury list as he continues his recovery from a foot problem.

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