As expected Sam Allardyce names an unchanged team for today’s game with Birmingham City.
Big Sam also names the same five substitutes with Abdoulaye Faye (calf) and Stephen Carr (hamstring) still out.
Birmingham are without club captain Damien Johnson as he continues his comeback from a hamstring lay-off.
Midfielder Gary McSheffrey has a minor hip injury but has recovered in time, while forward Garry O’Connor (groin) returns to the bench.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Steven Taylor, David Rozehnal, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Geremi (c), James Milner, Alan Smith, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, David Edgar, Emre, Mark Viduka
Birmingham: Maik Taylor, Stephen Kelly, Mathew Sadler, Rafael Schmitz, Liam Ridgwell (c), Sebastian Larsson, Cameron Jerome, Gary McSheffrey, Mehdi Nafti, Daniel De Ridder, Fabrice Muamba
Subs: Colin Doyle, Garry O’Connor, Mikael Forssell, Stuart Parnaby, Olivier Kapo
Referee: Rob Styles