Cisse returns to Newcastle starting XI against Everton

KEY MAN ... Cheik Tiote.
KEY MAN ... Cheik Tiote.
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PAPISS Demba Cisse will lead the line for Newcastle United this afternoon.

Alan Pardew’s side take on Everton in the Premier League at St James’s Park this afternoon (4.15pm kick-off).

And Cisse, named on the bench in recent weeks because of a minor knee injury, is back in the starting XI along with defender Mike Williamson.

Cisse will link up with his Senegal team-mates ahead of the African Cup of Nations in the New Year.

Midfielder Cheik Tiote also returns from suspension, while fit-again defender Davide Santon is among the substitutes.

Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita and Adam Armstrong drop down to the bench.

Tenth-placed Newcastle are two points ahead of Roberto Martinez’s team in the league table.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; Perez, Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Woodman, Santon, S Taylor, Anita, Cabella, Riviere, Armstrong.

EVERTON: Joel, Coleman, Distin, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady, Eto’o, Kone. Subs: Griffiths, Oviedo, Lukaku, Mirallas, Besic, Barkley, Browning.