Martins set for League Cup return

Obfaemi Martins seems set to give managerless Newcastle United a boost by returning to action in Wednesday's League Cup third round tie at holders and fellow Premier League strugglers Tottenham Hotspur.

The Nigeria forward has been out of action for the past four matches because of a groin problem, but is now available for selection.

However, Australian front-runner Mark Viduka is still one of several players injured, while Joey Barton and Danny Guthrie are suspended.

Both Blackburn Rovers and Everton have suffered injury setbacks ahead of their League Cup meeting at Ewood Park.

Steven Reid, who withdrew from Saturday's 1-0 league win over Fulham with a knee problem and could be out for two more weeks. He joins a Blackburn sick list which includes Benni McCarthy, David Dunn, Vince Grella and Aaron Mokoena, while Keith Andrews is cup-tied.

Everton have a major question mark over Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard having been repeatedly sick following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Among the long-term absentees who will be missing from the Everton line-up are Andy van der Meyde, Steven Pienaar and Tony Hibbert.