Cheick Tiote has been recalled to Newcastle United’s starting XI for this afternoon’s game against Norwich City.
The midfielder will make his first Premier League start of the season for Steve McClaren’s winless side at St James’s Park (4pm kick-off).
Tiote has now fully recovered from the knee problem, suffered in late August, which sidelined him for more than a month.
Fit-again pair Jack Colback and Paul Dummett also return to McClaren’s starting XI.
Newcastle are bottom of the table, having taken three points from their first eight games.
Meanwhile, the pitch at St James’s Park looks to have recovered from the three Rugby World Cup games staged on it since Newcastle’s last home game.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic. Subs: Woodman, Lascelles, Haidara, Anita, Thauvin, De Jong, Cisse.
NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Dorrans, Tettey, Brady; Howson; Mbokani. Subs: Rudd, Wisdom, Jerome, Hoolahan, Jarvis, R Bennett, O’Neil.