Jonas Gutierrez handed Wear-Tyne derby start for Newcastle

READY TO GO ... Jonas Gutierrez.
READY TO GO ... Jonas Gutierrez.

JONAS Gutierrez has been handed a start for Newcastle United in the Wear-Tyne derby.

Gutierrez comes in for Vurnon Anita at the Stadium of Light (4pm kick-off) to make his first start since beating cancer late last year.

The 31-year-old is expected to play at left-back, allowing former Sunderland player Jack Colback to line up in midifeld.

Otherwise, head coach John Carver has named an unchanged team for the 152nd meeting between the two sides.

Fit-again midfielder Mehdi Abeid is on the bench for Newcastle, again captained by Moussa Sissoko.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul, R Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Ameobi, Cabella, Perez. Subs: Elliot, Anita, Abeid, Kemen, Obertan, Riviere, Armstrong.