Alan Pardew has made three changes to the Newcastle United line-up for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Swansea City at St. James’ Park, and the Senegal FA and FIFA have prevented Papiss Cisse from starting the game because he did not travel to play for Senegal against Niger in mid-week.
Here’s Newcastle’s statement on that issue.
In come Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi and Cheick Tiote – with the Ivorian having just completed his three match ban for being sent off at Sunderland.
Newcastle will still start in a 4-4-2 formation with Sammy being up front with Demba Ba, so we hope we can get some control of the central midfield through Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita.
Shane Ferguson keeps his place on the left wing, and Anita comes in for the injured Jonas Gutierrez, and the back five are unchanged from last week, and local lad Steven Taylor is captain today.
Gateshead born Danny graham is on the bench for Swansea today.
We hope the lads can get the win today, after what we consider a stupid and spiteful action initiated by the Senegal FA, in stopping Papiss Cisse from playing.
Newcastle United (4-4-2)(4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Shane Ferguson; Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi
Swansea City (4-3-3): Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Garry Monk (c), Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Jonathan De Guzman, Leon Britton, Itay Shechter; Pablo Hernandez, Michu, Nathan Dyer
Substitutes: David Cornell, Chico Flores, Kemy Agustien, Dwight Tiendalli, Wayne Routledge, Luke Moore, Danny Graham