Samir Nasri is passed fit and starts for Manchester City against Newcastle this afternoon.
The midfielder was a doubt with migraine but is fit enough to make Roberto Mancini's starting line-up.
Mario Balotelli is dropped from the Manchester City squad altogether as Mancini hands Carlos Tevez a starting berth, after the Argentine impressed as a second half substitute against Manchester United.
The Champions are also without their skipper Vincent Kompany; the Belgian sits out with a groin injury with Kolo Toure starting in his place.
Meanwhile for Newcastle, Alan Pardew is without influential midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who is struggling with a groin problem, so James Perch takes his position in the Magpies' first XI.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Perch, Tiote, Anita; Cisse, Ba, Gutierrez.
Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nastasic, Clichy; Garcia, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Tevez; Aguero.
Subs: Pantilimon, Razak, Rekik, Sinclair, Dzeko, Kolarov, Lescott.