Newcastle Utd v Aston Villa team news

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

FABRICIO Coloccini, Cheik Tiote and Loic Remy return for Newcastle United against Aston Villa this afternoon.

Coloccini and Tiote will make their comebacks from injury, while Remy returns after serving a three-match ban.

Hatem Ben Arfa missed out through injury, and Steven Taylor and Luuk de Jong drop down to the bench.

Paul Dummett comes in at left-back in place of Davide Santon, is who is involved.

In his programnme column, Coloccini told of his “frustration”, having been sidelined since New Year’s Day with medial ligament damage.

The 32-year-old said: “I have been injured since New Year’s Day, and during that time it has been very difficult to watch the team’s performances and results without being able to do anything about it.

“You want to help your team-mates, but you can do nothing and it’s very frustrating.”

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran; Remy, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, de Jong.

Newcastle United’s FA Youth Cup quarter-final against Chelsea will be played on Tuesday, March 11 at St James’s Park (pm kick-off).