Alan Pardew had confirmed that the likes of Gouffran, Coloccini, Tiote and Cisse were unlikely to make his Newcastle team v Chelsea.
With such a paper thin squad the options to mix it up looked limited for the Newcastle boss.
With Tiote now missing there had to be at least one change and yet another captain.
In the event, Alan Pardew has gone for a total of three changes from last weekend and Newcastle line up against Chelsea as follows with Sissoko a surprise choice as captain.
Krul, Debuchy, Taylor, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Anita, Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, De Jong
On the bench;
Elliot, Haidara, Mapou, Gosling, Marveaux, Armstrong, Shola
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