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Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson isexpected to be fit for the match against Wigan on Saturday at the DW Stadium.
Fellow defender Kenneth Omeruo will be assessed after returning from international action with Nigeria.
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in the last five meetings, winning two. Wigan's last win against them was 1-0 at the DW Stadium in the Premier League in August 2007.
Hartlepool United have signed Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell on a one-month loan deal.
The 19-year-old recently spent time on loan with League One side Fleetwood, making four appearances. He made his debut for the Magpies against Atromitos in the Europa League at the age of 17.
Pools also added unattached former Doncaster goalkeeper Jon Maxted, 21, on an undisclosed-length deal after a trial, as cover for Scott Flinders.
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Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini and midfielders Rolando Aarons, Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid will all missthe match against QPR on Saturday because of injury.
Defender Steven Taylor is also a major doubt after suffering a knee problem.
Newcastle have won their three most recent meetings with QPR and are unbeaten in the last eight but Ranger's last win at St James' Park was by 2-1 in October 1993.
The Shields Gazette
Premier League referee Michael Oliver has resigned as head of Northumberland FA's referee academy in protest at the board's decision not to punish vice-president John Cummings for discrimination.
The BBC understands that a secret ballot was held to decide whether Cummings should be disciplined further for telling female referee Lucy May "a woman's place is in the kitchen".
Cummings has already been banned for four months by the FA for discriminatory language and fined £250. The NFA boarddecided that punishment was sufficient and declined to impose its own sanctions.
A fighting fund is to be set up to help a student facing possible court action after claims she made up a rape allegation. Serena Bowes, from Newcastle, says she was attacked on a college trip to Florence in May.
As Look North reported on Monday, the Italian authorities have warned her she could be charged with making a false claim. Tonight, she's told us she is on medication to cope with the anxiety and is suffering nightmares. I'll have more on this story onBBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
There's nothing like have a good night's sleep in your own bed and most of us take that for granted - but what is it like for those homeless across our area?
Well, Zaheer Iqbal and Daniel Johnson will be sleeping outside Middlesbrough College tonight a part of the Big Teesside Sleepout, which is expected raise funds for local charities. Click the Live Coverage tab at 17:40 to listen.
Political editor, North East & Cumbria
On Sunday Politics this week, I'll be joined by Labour's Jude Kirton-Darling MEP and Conservative councillor Wayne Daley.
More than half of North East businesses are already struggling to fill vacancies due to a lack of skilled workers. Yet Further Education colleges say the Government is making the problem worse. We'll be discussing this and more.
Join us at 11:00 on Sunday onBBC One.
BBC Weather presenter
Outbreaks of rain will continue overnight with low cloud and hill fog over the Pennines.
Some of the rain is likely to be heavy at times with fresh southeast winds, strongest along the coast around Sunderland. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).Check the forecast near you.
Environment correspondent, BBC North-East
A farmer who was forced to sell some of his land nearly a decade ago to make way for a bypass is still waiting to be paid.
Peter Raine from West Auckland says he's owed the money by Durham County Council. And as a protest he's refused to pay his council tax. Now the council is taking him to court. I'll have more on this story onBBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
The new owners of Teesside company which makes parts for wind farms have said they hope to bring 350 new jobs to the region.
About 100 people lost their jobs when TAG Energy Solutions, based at Haverton Hill, was put up for sale last month.
The companies EEW SPC and Bladt Industries say they want to invest £30m into buying and upgrading the facility.
BBC Newcastle commentator
I'm doing some last-minute preparation before theLeicester v Sunderland game tomorrow.
Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher has recovered from the ankle problem, Lee Cattermole returns from suspension, and Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez are in training after long lay-offs.
There will be commentary on BBC Newcastle from 15:00 with Gary Bannett and myself on your radio.
A meeting of the Youth Council hosted a debate on which campaign it wanted the "young mayor" to take forward for the next year. Three issues were considered: voting rights for the under 16s; better provision for work experience; and mental health services to be improved.
After a debate, young councillors voted for the mental health care option.
South Shields singing star Joe McElderry is home this weekend to switch on the town's festive lights.
The X Factor winner will be at the junction of King Street and Ocean Road on Saturday and will give a special performance before throwing the switch at about 16:30.
BBC Tees Sport
Stockton's Jordan Nobbs has toldBBC Tees Sport that it would be a proud moment if selected to play for England as they face Germany in a friendly match at Wembley stadium on Sunday.
"Whether the attendance was 5,000 or 55,000 it's a great opportunity to play a top team like Germany. Just being there is going to be massive," Nobbs said.
"Hopefully I can get in the starting XI and be part of the game. It's what I'm aiming for and hopefully that can happen."
League Two side Burton Albion havesigned versatile teenager Bryn Morris on a month's loan from Championship side Middlesbrough.
The 18-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, is a Boro academy product and has made three substitute appearances for the first team. Morris made his debut as a 16-year-old in a4-1 win over Hastings United in the FA Cup in January 2013.
The England Under-19 international will be available for the League Two game against Luton Town on Saturday.
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BBC Look North
A County Durham company claims to have developed the technology to try to arrest the deterioration of eyesight brought on by diabetes.
Polyphotonix of Sedgefield is trialling a sleep mask that emits light overnight and helps to repair eye damage.
The mask could take the place of laser treatment, or even injections into the eye. Currently, 600 patients across the country are trying out the mask. I'll have more on this story onBBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.
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Here I am, recording my cameo for Get Santa! which is this year's Christmas Show at Newcastle's Northern Stage.
I had no idea what to expect on the day of filming at the BBC studios. Imagine my surprise when this lot turned up. During the play, I will be "live at the North Pole" and you'll see me on a big screen, attempting to act cold even though I was boiling in my costume.
Former Newcastle United footballer and adopted Geordie Malcolm MacDonald will open two recovery centres to help people with alcohol and drug addictions today.
The former centre forward who wore United's number nine shirt in the 70's, had a much-publicised battle with alcoholism after retiring from the game.
Later he'll open the drop in centres in Gateshead and Sunderland and lead a three-mile walk, from Gateshead's High Street, over the Millennium Bridge into Newcastle to raise awareness of substance abuse.
The top local headlines at 12:00 include:
Weather Presenter, BBC Look North
It will be generally cloudy and misty this afternoon but remaining dry for most of the day.
Outbreaks of rain are expected to reach the Pennines later in the afternoon before spreading east across all parts this evening, accompanied by a strengthening wind. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).Check the forecast near you.
The head of North East bakery chain Greggs hasrevealed his tactics to turn around the company.
After two tough years in 2012 and 2013, Greggs has moved from traditional services to food-on-the go. The company's chief executive Roger Whiteside is the man behind the re-brand.
He gave his first TV interview since taking the helm 18 months ago to BBC North East business correspondent Ian Reeve.
An investigation is under way after a body has been discovered after a fire in Whitley Bay.
Acting Ch Insp Andy Fairlamb said: "Inquiries are in their very early stages in relation to this incident.
"Our officers are currently at the scene carrying out investigations to establish the circumstances surrounding it. I would urge anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact us as they may have information to assist with the ongoing inquiries."
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A body has been discovered following a fire in a bin store in Whitley Bay, Northumbria Police say.
The fire was put out at 06:20 and a body recovered from the bin store on Whitley Road.
A cordon is currently in place to allow police to examine the scene and carry out further investigations. The force is appealing for witnesses.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has said he is still missing players ahead of Saturday's home game with QPR.
He said: "We've suffered some injuries, managed to repair the squad a bit, but are still missing one or two players.
"There'll be a bit more expectation on us this weekend than in recent weeks and therefore a different type of hurdle to overcome."
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