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Newcastle entertain Manchester City on Sunday in the first Premier League game of the day on SkySports and manager Alan Pardew will be hoping for asignificant improvement on the season opener at The Etihad.
Just the one minor concern for Newcastle with full-back Davide Santon, a slight doubt havingfailed to train this week, the defender picked up a problem against Cardiff City last Saturday.
However, the general consensus points to the Italian retaining his place in a team who are looking for their first win of 2014.
There was also positive news regarding Tim Krul (shoulder) and Yohan Cabaye (Achilles) who were both passed fit for selection.
The Dutch goalkeeper missed out last time around as a precaution after a training ground collision with Cheick Tiote, while the Frenchman struggled through the remaining twenty minutes against West Brom after Pardew had already used his three substitutes.
Captain Coloccini (knee) remains sidelined; early injury prognosis suggests a return in February.
A comfortable midweek Capital One Cup tie against West Ham only served to further enhance the bookies’ belief that Pellegrini’s men are the best in the country at the moment and remain favourites for the Premier League title despite an indifferent start to the campaign.
The blue half of Manchester are in a rich vein of form, managing 18 goals in their last 7 games away games with Sunderland being the last team to stop them back in November -despite 24 attempts on goal that day coupled with over 63% possession.
The disappointing news for Newcastle fans came this afternoon when Pellegrini confirmed midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure has been passed fit play, the Ivorian picked up an ankle injury on Wednesday but will be included despite “a little pain”.
City will also recall the likes of Jesus Navas (knee) who was rested as a precaution and once touted former England international Micah Richards (hamstring), although both could begin on the bench.
Joe Hart will replace the 6’8” Costel Pantilimon in goal with Mike Williamson expected to shackle the in-form Negredo.
The one positive note is the absence of Argentinian Sergio Aguero, who has returned to training but will not be available to face Newcastle. Stevan Jovetic and Jack Rodwell are also out.
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