Fabricio Coloccini AND Chancel Mbemba start for Newcastle

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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.