The manic period of festive football comes to an end this weekend, as Newcastle United make the trip to Leicester City and begin their latest FA Cup tilt.

The Magpies will be in action just 48 hours after giving up the lead three times at home to Burnley, in caretaker boss John Carver’s second game in charge.

Carver will be pleased with the fact that Newcastle managed to net three times at home – two in the first half an hour, something which they’d failed to do all season previously – but a torrid second half allowed Burnley to come back three times to salvage a draw.

Squad rotation is expected due to the quick turnaround, meaning Adam Armstrong and Massadio Haidara may come into the starting line-up.

The injury list is still extensive for Carver though, with Siem de Jong still a couple of weeks away from making a return to the first team. It’s a similar story with Ryan Taylor but Davide Santon has made the bench for the last two Premier League games and could see some pitch time a day after his 24th birthday.

Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan, Mehdi Abeid are also missing, while Steven Taylor is out for the rest of the season after rupturing an Achilles tendon in the draw with Burnley. Papiss Cisse is suspended.

Leicester will be without first-choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel who has a broken foot, so Ben Hamer will continue between the sticks. Former Newcastle defender Danny Simpson is in line to face his old employers. Andy King is injured.

The Foxes currently sit bottom of the Premier League table but managed to come from 2-0 down away at Liverpool last time out. David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp scored the goals, while Argentine striker Leonardo Ulloa tops their scoring charts.

The teams have already met once this season, when Obertan scored the only goal of the game at St James’ Park to give Newcastle their first win of the season. A replay will be used if the scores end level at the end of 90 minutes, further stretching the busy schedule.