STEVEN Fletcher returned to the Sunderland starting line-up for the Tyne-Wear derby.
Fletcher took the place of Jozy Altidore in the side, in the one expected change from Gus Poyet, but there was no place on the bench for fit-again Emanuele Giaccherini.
Newcastle’s injury doubts were passed fit, with Moussa Sissoko, Jak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Cheick Tiote and Steven Taylor all starting.
NEWCASTLE: Alnwick, Janmaat, Coloccini, S Taylor, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Tiote, Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi. Subs: Woodman, Haidara, Williamson, Cabella, Armstrong, Riviere, Cisse.
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Reveillere, O’Shea, Brown, Vergini; Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson; Wickham, Fletcher. Subs: Bridcutt, Rodwell, Altidore, Alvarez, Coates, Buckley, Mannone.