Date: 25th November 2011 at 11:49am
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is expected to be back for Newcastle’s visit to on on Saturday, having missed Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Benfica. 

Rooney’s return gives enough options upfront whilst the defence has also been boosted by the return of captain Nemanja Vidic, and Rafael.

But it is in midfield where faces the most problems.

Last appearing for in the 2-0 win against Otelul Galati,  Anderson has been ruled out until February with a knee injury.  said on Friday,

“Anderson is not fit until February. He’s been sent to Portugal to see a specialist who operated on him before. Not good news.”

Despite Tom Cleverly also being sidelined until Christmas, the Scot thinks he has a strong squad to cope,

“He (Anderson) and Tom Cleverly are the two midfielders out for a while now, and Michael Owen is also out.

“We’re not as bad as people think we are in midfield.

“We have Ryan Giggs, and and if we get Tom Cleverly back for Christmas, that’ll be OK, we have a strong squad.

“Vidic is back, of course, Smalling’s fitness is a boost and is also back, so the defensive part of the team is OK”