Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

ALAN PARDEW has been handed a dou­ble derby fit­ness boost.

The New­cas­tle boss is set to wel­come back crocked duo Fabri­cio Coloc­cini and Steven Tay­lor for the Wear-Tyne clash with Sun­der­land.

Toon have badly missed the cen­tral de­fen­sive pair and were all at sea at the back as they shipped three goals in their heav­i­est home de­feat un­der Pardew, 3-0 to Manch­ester United.

Coloc­cini has missed the last three games with a ham­string prob­lem and Tay­lor has been out for two matches with a calf nig­gle.

But they are both ready to re­turn to train­ing this week.

Pardew said: “You look at cer­tain play­ers for a game like the one at Sun­der­land and they both know what it’s all about.”

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