Saturday sees the return of the Premier League after the latest international break and Leicester City visit St James’ Park. Newcastle are still looking for their first win of the season and will be hoping that Nigel Pearson’s Championship winners are the first side to leave Tyneside pointless since Cardiff City back in May.

It looked like Newcastle would be without three of their international stars as Paul Dummett, Daryl Janmaat and Tim Krul all pulled out of their nations’ qualifiers but the trio have all made recoveries and should feature on Saturday.

Alan Pardew revealed in Thursday’s press conference that Gabriel Obertan will keep his place in the starting line-up, while Papiss Cisse played for Senegal in midweek and should be close to full fitness.

Ryan Taylor is also closing in on a comeback, having managed 70 minutes in a behind closed doors friendly earlier this week. The former Wigan man isn’t expected to be in the squad tomorrow but could finally return to the first-team before December.

Teenage winger Rolando Aarons has been earmarked for a return against Liverpool at St James’ Park next month but no guess is made at the recovery time of Siem de Jong or Davide Santon.

For Leicester, former England defender Matt Upson is out with a foot injury and is joined on the sideline by Zoumana Bakayogo. Wingers Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp will both be assessed on Friday after returning from African Nations qualifiers.

The match referee will be hoping for a quieter day than Wednesday. Martin Atkinson had to abandon the Serbia vs Albania game after a drone carrying a pro-Albanian flag was flown over the pitch, sparking violent scenes in the politically-charged match.

A win for Newcastle can move them out of the relegation zone, while Leicester have eyes on the top half of the table.