Football: Weekeng guide to the premiership - Wimbledon v Newcastle United Last season: 0-0

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FALTERING WIMBLEDON must cope again without key defender Chris Perry as they search for their first win in eight games. Perry, who missed Monday's 5-1 defeat at Arsenal, has broken a bone in his foot and joins Wimbledon's lengthy list of casualties. The Dons were looking for their best-ever finish in the top flight before Joe Kinnear's illness, but with one draw and six defeats in their last seven matches, they are now not even realistically in with a shout to qualify for the InterToto Cup. Michael Hughes, Neal Ardley, Efan Ekoku and Jon Goodman are all out. Irish defender Kenny Cunningham has missed training this week but still hopes to be fit to play this afternoon.

Newcastle will be without the long-term casualties Laurent Charvet (knee) and Duncan Ferguson (groin). French defender Didier Domi could be back in contention after missing the last three games through injury, and keeper Shay Given will return after being rested at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, where an Alan Shearer penalty earned the Magpies a point from the 1-1 draw.

WIMBLEDON (from): Sullivan, Cunningham, Kimble, Thatcher, Blackwell, Jupp, Roberts, Earle, Euell, C Hughes, Castledine, Ainsworth, Kennedy, Gayle, Hartson, Cort, Leaburn, Heald.

NEWCASTLE (from): Given, Harper, Barton, Griffin, Domi, Dabizas, Hughes, Beharall, Lee, Speed, Solano, Maric, Hamann, Ketsbaia, Shearer, Andersson, Pearce, Georgiadis, Brady.

Suspensions: None.

Referee: P Jones.