Oba Martins returns to the starting line-up for this afternoon’s final pre-season friendly against the Spanish cup winners, Valencia.
The 23-year-old, now starting his third season at the club, has only played 45 minutes of pre-season so far, following the sudden death of his mother.
Oba will get a tremendous welcome from the Newcastle fans this afternoon – there’s no doubt about that.
News signings Jonas Gutierrez and Danny Guthrie both get a start.
Martins for Geremi is the only change from the side which drew 2-2 with PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Presumably either James Milner or Damien Duff will partner Martins up front.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, James Milner, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Oba Martins
Subs: Jose Enrique, Alan Smith, Geremi, David Edgar, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua, Sebastien Bassong
Valencia: Timo Hilderbrand, Raul Albiol, David Albelda, Ruben Baraja, Fernando Morientes, Vicente, Ivan Helguera, Joaquin, David Silva, Miguel, Emiliano Moretti
Subs: David Navarro, David Villa, Miguel Angulo, Pablo Dominguez, Manuel Fernandes, Vicente Panadero, Juan Manuel Garcia, Javier Arizmendi, Alexis Ruano, Edu, Nikola Zigic
Referee: Uriah Rennie