Vurnon Anita returns to Newcastle starting XI at Southampton

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VURNON Anita will start in place of the injured Siem de Jong at the St Mary’s Stadium this afternoon.

Alan Pardew has made just one change for this afternoon’s game against his former club Southampton (3pm kick-off).

Forward De Jong is facing up to four months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

And midfielder Anita takes his place at the St Mary’s Stadium, where Newcastle were beaten 4-0 last season.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Colback, Anita; Cabella, Sissoko, Gouffran; Riviere. Subs: Elliot, S Taylor, Tiote, Obertan, Ameobi, Armstrong, Perez.