Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is closing in on a return to full fitness and could be involved in Monday’s game against Arsenal.

The French powerhouse has missed the last three Newcastle games and his absence has affected the Magpies, who have failed to register any points since losing Sissoko.

But the former Toulouse man is stepping up his recovery from a hamstring injury and hopes to be involved when Newcastle take on Champions League chasing Arsenal on Monday evening.

The clash at the Emirates will also see Alan Pardew return to the touchline for the first time in seven games, as his suspension for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler comes to an end.

Whether or not Pardew will take up a place inside the technical area is yet to be seen, as the Toon boss has said in the press that he will be toning down his actions on the touchline.

A more conservative approach against Arsenal may be a wise decision, as the 52-year-old clashed with Arsene Wenger back in 2006, when Pardew was managing West Ham United.