VURNON Anita has been handed a start for Newcastle United in place of the injured Remy Cabella at the Etihad Stadium.
Head coach John Carver has made just one change for this evening’s game against Premier League champions Manchester City (5.30pm kick-off).
Attacking midfielder Cabella missses the game because of a minor knee injury.
And midfielder Anita, an unused substitutein last week’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, has been chosen ahead of Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi, who are all on the bench.
Meanwhile, Wilfried Bony, City’s £28m January signing, is on the home bench.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Sissoko, Anita, Colback; Perez, Cisse, Gouffran. Subs: Woodman, R Taylor, Abeid, Obertan, Ameobi, Armstrong, Riviere.
MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Clichy, Lampard, Fernando, Navas, Bony.