Two weeks after the controversy of Alan Pardew’s headbutt on David Meyler overshadowed a fine away win at the KC Stadium, Newcastle return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the capital to take on basement boys Fulham.

Pardew will serve the first of his seven-match ban handed to him by the FA and will not be allowed inside Craven Cottage at match-time, meaning John Carver and Steve Stone will be in charge of making the in-game decisions.

The Toon boss will pick his team though and is expected to name Fabricio Coloccini in the starting line-up once again. The 32-year-old Argentine has returned to Newcastle after being given a week off to return to his native land for compassionate leave.

You get the sense the Newcastle Captain will have a massive role to play in organising the team, in the absence of his disgraced manager, who will watch the match from the team’s hotel.

Pardew will not be watching Loic Remy though, as the Frenchman is ruled out with a calf injury that is expected to keep him out for up to three weeks. Mathieu Debuchy will also miss out with a groin problem, so Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could come in at right-back.

Davide Santon is also unavailable with a knee injury, meaning Paul Dummett will likely continue at left-back. Hatem Ben Arfa is also out.

New Fulham boss Felix Magath is hoping to pick up his first win in charge of the West London side but will not be able to call on two former Newcastle players to do so. Scott Parker and Damien Duff both have knee injuries and will miss the visit of their old club.

New signing Kostas Mitroglou – who swapped a Champions League second round clash as an Olympiakos player to sign for relegation battling Fulham – is expected to start and is looking for his first goal in English football.

Fellow new boy Lewis Holtby should also start and is in good form, having scored his first goal for Fulham in their last game – a 3-1 defeat to Cardiff City.

A win for Newcastle would move them closer to Everton and Manchester United in the table and give them their second double of the season, having beaten Aston Villa home and away earlier this campaign.