Newcastle are in Premier League action tomorrow when they travel to the Potteries to take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Alan Pardew will again watch from the stands as he nears the end of his seven-game ban.

Pardew hoped to have top scorer Loic Remy back for the trip to tenth-placed Stoke but the Frenchman has failed to recover from a groin problem that has ruled him out of Newcastle’s last five games.

In those five games, Newcastle have scored just once and shipped 11 goals. The alarming loss of form has resulted in their season fizzling out, with European qualification now too far away and relegation places way below them.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul may return from injury to replace Rob Elliot for Newcastle, although the former Charlton stopper has been terrific since deputising for the Dutchman. The Ireland international is one of the few names to come out of Newcastle’s last few games with any credit whatsoever.

Pardew will be without Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko as well as Remy but has denied the French trio are looking after themselves ahead of a World Cup summer.

Mark Hughes will be without Robert Huth who is out for the season but on-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi could return. Charlie Adam was involved in an ugly training ground clash earlier this week and has a suspected broken nose but could still play in a protective mask.

Six points separates the two sides ahead of the clash and a win for Newcastle would effectively seal ninth place for the rest of the season. However, if Stoke were to claim the win and close the gap to three points, it would increase the pressure on Pardew to a new level.