Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to be given job of marking new Man City star Jesus Navas

TALENT: Manchester City's summer signing Jesus Navas
TALENT: Manchester City's summer signing Jesus Navas
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MAPOU Yanga-Mbiwa is on standby to face Jesus Navas tonight.

Manager Alan Pardew is likely to be without left-back Davide Santon for Newcastle United’s season-opener at Manchester City.

Santon is short of fitness because of a minor hip problem.

And versatile defender Yanga-Mbiwa and former Academy player Paul Dummett are vying to line up against Navas.

The more experienced Yanga-Mbiwa could get the nod over Dummett - yet to make his Premier League debut - and face pacy winger Navas, who joined the club from Sevilla this summer.

“Davide is struggling. He has a slight hip flexor strain and we think he needs more work,” Pardew told SportMail.

Pardew rates Spain international Navas highly and he knows stopping the £15m player will be key to Newcastle’s chances of getting a result at Eastlands, where the club has never won a game.

He added: “Navas, in my opinion, is probably the best signing of the summer. He’s a little bit special.”

Dummett – who spent the bulk of last season on loan at St Mirren – has impressed in Newcastle’s warm-up games and is in United’s squad for the City game.

Asked if the 21-year-old was a natural replacement for Santon, Pardew said: “He has a chance, but you can’t assume he is going to start.”

Pardew believes Wales Under-21 international Dummett – who signed a new one-year deal at St James’s Park this summer – could make 10 first-team starts.

Meanwhile, winger Jonas Gutierrez (thigh) is expected to be available along with defender Steven Taylor, who sat out training on Friday.