Michail Antonio is set to find out if he has moved into a midfield No 1 slot over Victor Moses.
The £7 million signing has been in brilliant form over the last few games with the Chelsea loanee injured but he is now fit again and looking for match time.
It poses another pleasant headache for the manager who is surely likely to stick with Antonio given his form since since coming up to full match fitness.
Bilic confirmed that Moses was ready for action at his morning presser and he has a fascinating problem on his hands ahead of the match against the Toon Army.
He said: “Victor Moses is back with us, he is available. Cheikhou Kouyate missed the Bournemouth game, he probably could have played, he was about 85% then, but we had the option of resting him.
He is a very physical player, one of the best in the Premier League at what he does, so we didn’t risk him.”