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The striker has missed the last five games due to a calf injury, with the team winning once and scoring just one goal in that time, but the loanee could return to face Stoke City

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Loic Remy could be in line for a return against Stoke City on Saturday.

The striker, on loan from Championship side QPR, has missed the last five games because of a calf complaint, with the club winning just one of those matches in his absence and scoring just one goal.

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Although Newcastle, subsequently, have little to play for in the remaining five games, Pardew - who may also be able to welcome back goalkeeper Tim Krul - insists Remy's prospective return comes at an important time.

"We've got to make sure everybody's available," Pardew told reporters. "Maybe we'll have Loic back, maybe Tim will be back.

"Loic is not far away - it will be a boost for the squad if we can get him back in and around us.

"Hopefully, we can for Stoke because that's a big game for us. We have lost two heavily at home."

Pardew, set to serve the third game of a four-match touchline ban, has called for his team to respond to the criticism that has been levelled at them and secure a result at the Britannia Stadium.

"It's a week where we're going to have to take the criticism that comes our way," Pardew added.

"But most importantly, we have to work between now and Stoke and get a formula to get us a result. That's really what we need - a result and a goal or more."