(Sporting Alert) — Newcastle United.
Defender Brede Hangeland returns from a three-match suspension and starts for Philippe Senderos. Also starting tonight is fit again winger Alex Kacaniklic, along with Chris Baird, Damien Duff and Hugo Rodallega.
Kerim Frei, Mladen Petric, Ashkan Dejagah and Mahamadou Diarra were those making way. Bryan Ruiz remains sidelined after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring complaint.
Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov also starts tonight and has been backed to score.
Newcastle in the meantime, welcome back winger Hatem Ben Arfa from injury and he comes in for Sylvain Marveaux, who goes back to the bench.
Demba Ba has recovered from a minor knock to start alongside Papiss Cisse, with Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote also recovering from injuries to be in the first XI.
Fulham v Newcastle – Line-ups
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Rodallega, Berbatov.
Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Richardson, Diarra, Dejagah.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Gutierrez, Tiote, Anita, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba.
Subs: Harper, Perch, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)