Davide Santon is fit, having recovered from his slight thigh strain, and he starts at right back in today’s tough game against Manchester City.
The Italian International was the only fitness doubt for today’s game but he starts, with Yanga-Mbiwa in at left back and local lad Steven Taylor gets another start in central defense, this time partnering Mike Williamson.
Tim Krul returns to goal after recovering form the shoulder injury he picked up at West Brom, and Yohan Cabaye also starts after missing last weeks’ FA Cup tie defeat to Cardiff City.
And Dan Gosling is on the bench with Shola Ameobi omitted from the squad, but his brother Sammy is a sub, along with Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse, who had a £9M bid from a Qatar club rejected by Newcastle during the week.
For Manchester City former Newcastle winger James Milner is on the bench.
Newcastle: Krul; Santon, S.Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa; Anita, Tiote (c), Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran
Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Gosling, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse
Manchester City (4-3-1-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Vincent Kompany (c), Aleksandar Kolarov; Samir Nasri, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; David Silva; Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko
Subs: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)