Papiss Cisse, Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote recalled as Rafa Benitez rings changes

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Rafa Benitez has made FIVE changes for this afternoon's game against Norwich City.

Papiss Cisse, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor and Karl Darlow come into his Newcastle United starting XI.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Jamaal Lascelles drop down to the bench, while Jack Colback serves the first of a two-game ban.

Benitez is without goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who suffered a season-ending injury this week.

Second-bottom United desperately need a win at Carrow Road (3pm kick-off) to keep their survival hopes alive.

But Newcastle have lost their last seven Premier League away games.

Norwich are three points ahead of United in 17th place.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Janmaat, Mbemba, Taylor, Anita; Townsend, Tiote, Shelvey, Sissoko; Wijnaldum; Cisse. Subs: Woodman, Sterry, Lascelles, De Jong, Perez, Riviere, Mitrovic.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Wisdom, Bennett, Klose, Olsson; Jarvis, Howson, O'Neil, Brady; Naismith; Mbokani. Subs: Rudd, Bassong, Jerome, Bamford, Hoolahan, Mulumbu, Redmond.