Football - Pardew wary of injuries to new players

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has wrapped his new boys in cotton wool ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea.

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Midfielder Moussa Sissoko and striker Yoan Gouffran have been largely rested, along with defender Steven Taylor after his return from long-term injury, since emerging from their debuts at Aston Villa on Tuesday night feeling the effects of life in English football.

But they - as well as midfielder Sylvain Marveaux, who missed the 2-1 win at Villa Park with a foot problem - will be available as Pardew has to do without only midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Cheick Tiote, who is on duty with Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup.

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