Newcastle United are set to give debuts to Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro when they take on Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Sport.
The Magpies will host the bottom side in the division looking to make up for a disappointing display against Oxford United in the FA Cup last week, a clash they will replay in the coming days as a result of that goalless draw.
Newcastle have had a lot of injuries in recent times, but despite that there hasn’t been a huge drop off in their results, and Steve Bruce has been able to add three additions to his squad in the January transfer window to ensure that remains the case.
The first of those was Nabil Bentaleb, the former Spurs midfielder who made his Magpies debut in the stalemate with Oxford last weekend.
He is set to retain his place in the side, and could well be joined by fellow Newcastle loanees Lazaro and Rose, the latter of whom seems certain to play given the issues the Tyneside outfit are having at left-back.
The England defender was a much needed acquisition at St James’ Park, as the Magpies have lost Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems for the remainder of the campaign, with long-term injuries.
He is expected to slot in and fill a hole for Bruce, but the Newcastle boss will remain without midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who is set for another couple of weeks on the sidelines with an injury of his own.
Newcastle go into the match in the bottom half of the table but a victory could see them move as high as ninth, and well out of immediate danger of the threat of relegation to the Championship.
It would also take them to 33 points for the campaign, and would leave the Magpies needing a further seven to ensure Premier League football next term, which given their issues in the summer would be a good achievement.
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