The rumours this week of the Newcastle team v Manchester City have proved correct.
The word was that Steve McClaren would play Yoan Gouffran in the middle of the pitch, despite him being totally exiled from the Premier League this season.
The Frenchman hasn’t played a single minute of league football this season and has only made it onto the bench against West Ham when he was an unused subs.
Desperate times, as Newcastle’s small squad and added injuries (see below) leaves Steve McClaren little choice but to play Gouffran.
Newcastle line up with:
Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Mbabu, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Anita, Gouffran, Mitrovic, Pérez
Williamson, Cissé, de Jong, Lascelles, Thauvin, Elliot, Tioté
Hart, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Agüero
Man City Subs
Sagna, Caballero, Bony, Jesús Navas, Demichelis, Iheanacho, Garcia Alonso
The injury list is below and as expected Jack Colback never made it today, whilst Tiote and Cisse are included on the bench despite not being fully fit.
Steven Taylor – Hamstring Strain
Massadio Haidara – Knee Injury
Rolando Aarons – Calf Strain
Gabriel Obertan – Hamstring Strain
Sylvain Marveaux – Back in training
Curtis Good – Hip Injury
Emmanuel Riviere – Meniscus Tear
Paul Dummett – Hamstring Strain
Jack Colback – Hamstring Strain
Karl Darlow – Ankle Ligament Injury
Cheick Tiote – Back in training
Papiss Cisse – Back in training
You can see the Newcastle fans choice of team here.