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Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will be fit for Sunday’s game after a nasty head injury in midweek.

The Ivory Coast international needed seven stitches to repair a gash above his eye after an aerial collision with John Obi Mikel in Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at Chelsea, but manager Alan Pardew has no doubts he will be available for the City game.

Full-back Danny Simpson (ankle) remains a doubt, but only central defender Steven Taylor (Achilles) is still on the long-term injury list.

Roberto Mancini is expecting to select from the same squad of players when he names his City team.

Mancini may be tempted to stick with the starting line-up from Monday’s crucial win over Manchester United, although Micah Richards and James Milner might both hope to be involved.

City do have a good recent record on their visits to Tyneside, winning three times in an unbeaten four-match streak, and will be aiming for another success to take them a massive stride close to their first league title since 1968.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, R. Taylor, Ferguson, Tavernier, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Obertan, Marveaux, Abeid, Gosling, Vuckic, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Best.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Savic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Johnson, Nasri, De Jong, Barry, Y Toure, Pizarro, Silva, Balotelli, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko.

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