Spanish Under-21 International striker Xisco comes in for his first start under Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear for tonight’s 3rd round FA Cup replay at St. James’ Park.
The 22-year-old will partner captain skipper Michael Owen up front with Andy Carroll only fit enough to take a place among the substitutes tonight with a tight hamstring.
Nicky Butt returns from suspension to form a four-man midfield alongside Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie and Damien Duff.
Charles N’Zogbia has passed a fitness test and will start at left-back with David Edgar as expected starting at right back. Charles owes the club a very good performance tonight after all his immature comments to the press over the last week or two.
Xisco has never really been given a chance on Tyneside, and it would be nice to see the lad play well, and even score, so we wish him the best of luck tonight.
Steven Taylor also makes the bench with a minor calf problem, and presumably he and Andy Carroll will only be risked in the most dire of circumstances.
This game will go to extra time and penalties if necessary to produce a winner to play Milwall a week on Saturday in the 4th round.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Charles N’Zogbia, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Tamas Kadar, Kazenga LuaLua, Andy Carroll, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger
Hull City: Matt Duke, Nathan Doyle, Craig Fagan, Ryan France, Richard Garcia, Peter Halmosi, Paul McShane, George Boateng (c), Dean Marney, Kamil Zayate, Daniel Cousin
Subs: Ian Ashbee, Bernard Mendy, Caleb Folan, Tony Warner, Nicky Featherstone, Will Atkinson, Stelios
Referee: Phil Dowd