By Anthony Marshall, at the Northern Echo Arena
Hatem Ben Arfa makes his first appearance since October for Newcastle United as they travel to Darlington tonight in their first pre-season friendly (kick-off 7.45pm).
The French international has not kicked a ball since breaking his leg at Manchester City early last season, but is back in the starting line-up at the Northern Echo Arena.
Also in the team is goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who has returned from a loan spell at Celtic last term, and Slovenian youngster Haris Vuckic.
And the manager has named 13 substitutes, including summer signings Yohan Cabaye and Mehdi Abeid, as he bids to give plenty of players a run-out.
Subs: Ole Soderberg, Ryan Taylor, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett, Jeff Henderson, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Mehdi Abeid, Michael Richardson, Conor Newton, Ryan Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger