The France international is back in training despite having been ruled out for the rest of the season with a long-term hamstring problem, but manager Alan Pardew has indicated that he will be involved against the Portuguese league leaders.
However, central defender Steven Taylor is out with a knee injury and joins Fabricio Coloccini (back), Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote (both hamstring) and the ineligible Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran on the sidelines.
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