Fabricio Coloccini has been handed a start in Newcastle United’s pre-season opener – despite missing the club’s pre-season campaign.
Captain Coloccini – who signed a contract extension this week – sat out the club’s warm-up programme with an Achilles problem.
But the 33-year-old has been passed fit to play alongside debutant Chancel Mbemba against Southampton (1.30pm kick-off).
New signing Aleksandar Mitrovic is on the bench.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback, Anita; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Obertan; Cisse. Subs: Darlow, Taylor, De Jong, Aarons, Perez, Mitrovic Tiote.
SOUTHAMPTON: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Fonte, Yoshida, Targett, Wanyama, S Davis, Tadić, Mane, Rodriguez, Pelle. Subs: Gazzaniga, Long, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi, Caulker.