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Jak Alnwick will retain his place in goal for Newcastle's derby showdown with Sunderland on Sunday.

The 21-year-old has recovered from the shoulder problem he suffered during Wednesday night's 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Tottenham and will continue to deputise for the injured Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh), while full-back Daryl Janmaat will return from a one-game ban.

Manager Alan Pardew will assess striker Papiss Cisse, who missed the game at White Hart Lane with a virus, while defender Steven Taylor and midfielders Cheick Tiote and Sammy Ameobi (muscle strains) are hopeful of being fit.

Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini could return to the Sunderland squad for Sunday's derby trip to Newcastle.

The midfielder, who has been out of action since September with an ankle problem, has returned to training and is in contention for the game at St James' Park.

However, Billy Jones (hamstring) will be given another week to build up match-fitness, while fellow full-back Patrick van Aanholt continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

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  • Premier League: Jak Alnwick fit for Newcastle's derby against Sunderland

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