Newcastle Utd team to face Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew

PAPISS Demba Cisse and Yoan Gouffran will make their comebacks from injury tonight – but Hatem Ben Arfa has been left out of Newcastle United’s starting XI.

Striker Cisse and forward Gouffran have been unavailable for the club’s last three games.

But the pair have been passed fit to line up against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park (7.30pm kick-off).

Forward Ben Arfa and defender Paul Dummett drop down to the bench.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul will also play after passing a late fitness test, having suffered a “knock” in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, S Taylor, Santon; Gouffran, Sissoko, Anita, Sammy Ameobi; de Jong, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Gosling, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi.