Newcastle United's Rolando Aarons is said to be edging closer to fitness and could be available against Sunderland.
With Newcastle United youngster Rolando Aarons reportedly returning to fitness in time to face Sunderland, he could have the capabilities to exploit a weakness in the Black Cats' squad.
Sunderland have struggled to defend against quick wingers all campaign and Aarons, therefore, could cause damage to them.
The Black Cats have options at full-back, but Aarons could have a productive afternoon against any of them.
Although Patrick Van Aanholt's speed makes him a natural choice for Sunderland, he has been exposed defensively and that could be a worry.
Dick Advocaat could, therefore, opt to go with a more solid choice, with the likes of Anthony Réveillère or Santiago Vergini at his disposal, but picking either of them brings about obvious dangers.
Réveillère and Vergini lack pace and Aarons would fancy himself to trouble either of the pair if given the nod to start.
It means that having Aarons fit could be key for Newcastle, as he is a different type of option to anyone else in their squad.
Nobody else in the Black Cats' team possesses the direct style that Aarons does and he could be their most obvious weapon if fit enough to start and fully match-sharp.
The wide-areas could be productive for both sides in the North East derby, as Newcastle are short on options at full-back.
The Magpies have no fit left-back in their squad and Sunderland, too, will be looking to cause them problems down the flanks on Sunday.