Both Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Fabricio Coloccini (groin) are out of topnight’s game at Nottingham Forest.
Zurab Khizanishvili will now partner Danny Simpson at the heart of the Newcastle defense with Ryan Taylor and Jose Enrique occupying the full-back berths.
Since Jonas Gutierrez only arrived back from his Argentine exploits on Friday afternoon, he is named among the substitutes, but will be expected to play some part in the second half.
Peter Lovenkrands comes in on the wing, and Andy Carroll is restored to the attack alongside former Forest star Marlon Harewood.
Nottingham Forest: Lee Camp, Wes Morgan, Kelvin Wilson, Paul Anderson, Nathan Tyson, Chris Cohen, Chris Gunter, Paul McKenna (c), Guy Moussi, Dexter Blackstock, Radoslaw Majewski
Subs: Luke Chambers, Lewis McGugan, Dele Adebola, Garath McCleary, Joe Garner, David McGoldrick, Paul Smith
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson, Zurab Khizanishvili, Jose Enrique, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Peter Lovenkrands, Andy Carroll, Marlon Harewood
Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger, Jonas Gutierrez
Referee: P Taylor