Kevin Mbabu and Rolando Aarons in contention to face Sunderland, confirms Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson has confirmed that Kevin Mbabu and Rolando Aarons could face Sunderland.

Newcastle United assistant manager Paul Simpson has told The Chronicle that Kevin Mbabu and Rolando Aarons could be in contention to face Sunderland this weekend.

The Magpies were given a major boost on Sunday, hammering Norwich City 6-2 at St. James' Park, with Georginio Wijnaldum smashing four goals, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez also got their names on the scoresheet.

This weekend, it's one of the biggest game of the season for Newcastle as they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby.

It's Steve McClaren's first taste of the rivalry, and he appears to have been handed a timely boost on the injury front, with two youngsters in contention for returns.

Defender Kevin Mbabu, who starred on his Premier League against Chelsea, has returned to training this week ahead of the Sunderland game, as has flying winger Rolando Aarons, as assistant manager Paul Simpson confirmed to The Chronicle today.

"Kevin Mbabu and Rolando Aarons joined in training [on Tuesday], so they will have a full week of training leading up to Sunday," said Simpson. "So good news all round."

It remains to be seen whether both of those young prospects play any part against Sunderland, but it seems likely that they could take a place on the bench, though Mbabu's display against Chelsea could put him in line for a starting place on Sunday.

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