Robert Elliot will continue between the posts in Tim Krul's continued absence with an ankle injury.
Hatem Ben Arfa could make his return to action for the trip to Swansea having failed to recover in time to make the squad to face Southampton last week.
Yohan Cabaye played in spite of an illness last week, and was withdrawn early as a result, though should have recovered by the time this game comes around.
Fabricio Coloccini will have an assessment on his back ahead of this game, with Yanga-Mbiwa ready to take his spot if he doesn't make it.
Swansea and their fans return to Premier League action after their dominant 5-0 victory over Bradford to lift the Capital One Cup last week, and there will be a great atmosphere at the Liberty as a result. However, winning the competition has in previous years led to a significant drop in form, with Liverpool's season tailing off poorly last season, and Birmingham going on to be relegated last season.
Michael Laudrup's side have enough quality to ensure that doesn't happen and will want to make sure his team finish as high up the table as possible, but it may be hard to motivate his players as they are already qualified for Europe.
Newcastle's January transfer business is paying dividends and with 3 wins in their last 4 outings they have taken huge strides up the table. They are not yet completely safe, though, and having won this fixture last season, they may pick up a widely unexpected point.
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