Ferguson preferred on the left

YOUNG full-back Shane Ferguson looks set to start for Newcastle United on the wing when Andy Carroll returns to St James' Park with West Ham United today.

Carroll returns to his old ground with the Hammers where he is on loan until the end of the season from Liverpool - and will have former Magpies skipper Kevin Nolan in behind him.

Newcastle have been boosted by the return to fitness of Demba Ba. The Senegalese striker had a calf problem and missed Thursday's Europa League draw in Brugge.

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Taylor, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ferguson; Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot (gk), Anita, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sh Ameobi, Obertan.

WEST HAM UNITED (4-4-1-1): Jaaskelainen; O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney; Jarvis, Noble, Diame, Benayoun; Nolan; Carroll. Subs: Speigel, Cole, Maiga, J Collins, Demel, O'Neil, Hall.

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