Cisse returns to Newcastle starting XI against Everton

KEY MAN ... Cheik Tiote.
KEY MAN ... Cheik Tiote.

PAPISS Demba Cisse will lead the line for Newcastle United this afternoon.

Alan Pardew’s side take on Everton in the Premier League at St James’s Park this afternoon (4.15pm kick-off).

And Cisse, named on the bench in recent weeks because of a minor knee injury, is back in the starting XI along with defender Mike Williamson.

Cisse will link up with his Senegal team-mates ahead of the African Cup of Nations in the New Year.

Midfielder Cheik Tiote also returns from suspension, while fit-again defender Davide Santon is among the substitutes.

Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita and Adam Armstrong drop down to the bench.

Tenth-placed Newcastle are two points ahead of Roberto Martinez’s team in the league table.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; Perez, Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Woodman, Santon, S Taylor, Anita, Cabella, Riviere, Armstrong.

EVERTON: Joel, Coleman, Distin, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady, Eto’o, Kone. Subs: Griffiths, Oviedo, Lukaku, Mirallas, Besic, Barkley, Browning.