Newcastle's heavy injury list and cluttered fixture schedule has seen them lose their last 3 games in a row, and only looks likely to get worse worse with their upcoming fixtures.
Yohan Cabaye has undergone surgery and will be out until February, while Steven Taylor has a hamstring strain that will keep him out for the same period of time.
Hopefully the return of Coloccini will help strengthen the Newcastle back 4. Taylor picked up a knock during the Southampton game and looks to doubtful to start.
With Hatem Ben Arfa still out due to injury, Newcastle need to find that creative spark from elsewhere, otherwise they will find themselves falling even further down the league table.
Newcastle's losing streak and lack of goals have seen them drop down the table and leaves them in desperate need of a win to keep them in the race for a place in next season's Europa League.
Stoke's lack of goals and attacking presence and has seen them score just 11 league goals this season, but defensively they are quite secure, only conceding 11 goals, which has seen them fixed in the middle of the table just above Newcastle.
With both teams struggling to score in recent games, the consistency of Stoke's defence and the inconsistency of Newcastle's could make the difference between the two.
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