Date: 8th September 2006 at 11:29am
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Shola Ameobi faces a late fitness test ahead of Newcastle’s St James’ Park clash with Fulham.

New boy Giuseppe Rossi is likely to start on the bench but is on stand-by pending Shola’s medical.

Fulham expect to have midfielder Michael Brown fit from a knee problem on Saturday. Wayne Routledge, signed on a season loan from Tottenham, is likely to start on the bench, while Denmark midfielder Claus Jensen should be back from a calf strain.

Ahmad Elrich (knee) and Simon Elliott (calf) remain out.

Newcastle (from): Given, Babayaro, Carr, Taylor, Bramble, Moore, Ramage, Emre, N’Zogbia, Parker, Duff, Butt, Solano, Martins, Ameobi, Rossi, Milner, Luque, Sibierski, Harper.

Fulham (from): Niemi, Rosenior, Christanval, Pearce, Queudrue, Brown, Radzinski, Diop, Bullard, Boa Morte, John, Helguson, McBride, Drobny, Routledge, Volz, Bocanegra, Jensen.