Newcastle United v Chelsea

Last updated : 28 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

We’ll definitely be without the suspended Laurent Robert and the injured Jermaine Jenas and Carl Cort, but Kieron Dyer, Jonathan Woodgate, Nobby Solano and Hugo Viana are available.

Sir Bobby has confirmed that Woodgate will start and has hinted that Aaron Hughes and Andy O’Brien will return after being rested in midweek, so Titus Bramble may be on the bench.

In the absence of Robert Sir Bobby will decide between playing Olivier Bernard or Hugo Viana on the left of midfield and must also chose between Solano and Brian Kerr on the right.

Up front Craig Bellamy will return with Shola Ameobi dropping to the bench.

Chelsea are without the injured Graeme Le Saux, Marcel Desailly and Emmanuel Petit.

But despite much praying Gianfranco Zola is available.


Us: Given, Caig, Griffin, Hughes, Bernard, Bramble, Woodgate, O'Brien, S Caldwell, Dabizas, Dyer, Speed, Solano, Viana, Kerr, Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy, Ameobi, LuaLua.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Gallas, Terry, Babayaro, Gronkjaer, Lampard, Morris, Zola, Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen, Zenden, Melchiot, Evans, de Lucas, Cole, Huth.

Referee: Jeff Winter

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