News today that Ben Arfa has suffered an adverse reaction after the game in Moscow on Thursday night, and will not be risked in today’s game against Stoke City.
Ben Arfa also took a knock on his knee on Thursday so he will not be risked today, and there is a place on the bench for Adam Campbell and Cisse starts up front.
Campbell is on the bench since Shola Ameobi seems to have picked up an injury in training.
The team is the same as we had in our Match Preview – and it was not unexpected – and Steve Harper returns to the bench in place of young Jak Alnwick, after recovering from his knee problem..
It’s a strong bench and simply put – we need all 3 points today- and anything less will be a disappointment.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (c); Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell
Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Andy Wilkinson; Ryan Shotton, Glen Whelan, Steven Nzonzi, Jonathan Walters; Cameron Jerome, Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Dean Whitehead, Charlie Adam, Michael Kightly, Brek Shea, Kenwyne Jones, Michael Owen
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)