Walker returns to squad

Goalkeeper Jimmy Walker has been named in the squad for tomorrow's Premiership clash against Portsmouth.

With Shaka Hislop ruled out of facing his former club due to a hamstring strain, the 32-year-old is included for the first time since recovering from the serious knee ligament injury he sustained in last year's Play-off final against Preston North End, and will hoping for his debut in top-flight football.

Alan Pardew has otherwise named an unchanged squad following Wednesday's FA Cup replay win against Bolton Wanderers.

Squad to face Portsmouth: Bywater, Walker, Scaloni, Dailly, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Ward, Collins, Konchesky, Clarke, Benayoun, Newton, Mullins, Reo-Coker, Fletcher, Etherington, Ashton, Sheringham, Harewood, Zamora, Katan.