Good news this afternoon that both Argentine Internationals Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini have both been passed fit and they both start today’s final home game of the season against Ipswich Town.
And Peter Lovenkrands as expected is also recalled to the starting eleven as Newcastle revert to their 4-4-2 attacking formation at home.
The back four is Danny Simpson, Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Jose Enrique in front of Newcastle veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper.
Gutierrez will line up on the left wing, Wayne Routledge on the right flank, and captain Kevin Nolan and Danny Guthrie form an attacking central midfield.
Lovenkrands is up front with joint top scorer Andy Carroll in attack, and this is Newcastle’s strongest side for the last home game of the season, and it’s obvious Chris Hughton would like a big win.
Nicky Butt is on the bench this afternoon, and this will be Nicky’s last appearance for the club, as the 35 year-old player has indicated this morning he will be leaving Newcastle this summer.
Nicky has spent six years on Tyneside, and is a class act.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan (c), Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Tim Krul, Joey Barton, Ryan Taylor, Alan Smith, Leon Best, Nicky Butt, Shola Ameobi
Ipswich Town: Brian Murphy, David Wright, Gareth McAuley, Tommy Smith, Jamie Peters, Jon Walters (c), Grant Leadbitter, David Norris, Jack Colback, Daryl Murphy, Connor Wickham
Subs: Richard Wright, Owen Garvan, Lee Martin, Liam Rosenior, Alan Quinn, Tom Eastham, Billy Clarke
Referee: Carl Boyeson