The midfielder has missed the last three games after being sent off for a horror challenge on Everton striker Victor Anichebe.
Full-back Habib Beye is also available for the first time since damaging ankle ligaments at Wigan on Boxing Day, although midfielder Danny Guthrie (hamstring) is not yet ready to return.
Joey Barton (fractured metatarsal) is targeting the end of next month for his comeback, but Mark Viduka and Ignacio Gonzalez (both Achilles) and Xisco (fractured toe) remain on the sidelines.
NEWCASTLE UTD (from): Harper, Forster, Krul, S. Taylor, Beye, Bassong, Coloccini, Enrique, Edgar, Cacapa, Butt, Duff, R. Taylor, Gutierrez, Nolan, Lovenkrands, Geremi, Ameobi, Smith, Martins, Owen, Carroll.
Arsenal will be without England winger Theo Walcott for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle after he suffered a knee injury in training.