Joselu is set to return to the starting line-up with Salomon Rondon having been ruled out of Saturday’s home game with Leicester City. Joselu, who came off the bench in last weekend’s 0-0 draw away to Crystal Palace, is on standby to lead the line at St James’ Park.
Rondon was forced off at Selhurst Park last weekend with a thigh problem and is still undergoing treatment with the Magpies’ medical team.
The Venezuelan striker, who is on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, is also a doubt for next weekend’s trip to Manchester United, which precedes a two-week international break.
A Newcastle statement said: “Rondon is undergoing treatment with the Magpies’ medical team and further assessment of the extent of the injury will be made in due course.”
Rafa Benitez also has summer signing Yoshinori Muto, who came off the bench against Palace, available to play up front.
But the Magpies boss admitted last week that the Japan international needs more time to adjust to the physical demands of the Premier League.
“Some players, they need one year,” said Benitez. “Some players, they six months. Some players, they need one month. “So, for a new player, always you have given him some time.”