By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Nile Ranger will make his first Newcastle United appearance since March in tonight's second-string derby at the Stadium of Light (kick-off 7pm).
He played - and set up both goals - as the Magpies Reserves lost 4-2 to Chelsea last season before heading off to Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the rest of the campaign, but injury has sidelined him since the summer.
But the 21-year-old will start up front alongside fellow London boy JJ Hooper against a Black Cats side featuring Connor Wickham and David Vaughan.
Jak Alnwick is in goal against the side he used to play for at youth level, and for whom his big brother Ben represented at senior level, with the defence made up of Steven Logan, Lubo Satka, Curtis Good and Yven Moyo.
Conor Newton, who scored against Manchester United's under-21 side last week, comes from a family of Sunderland supporters but is a proud Magpie. He's joined in midfield by Mehdi Abeid - who was on the bench for the first-team at the weekend - Bradden Inman and Marcus Maddison.
On the bench are 15-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, left-back Michael Riley, centre-back Alex Kitchen and midfielders Dennis Knight and Brandon Miele.
And nufc.co.uk will be bringing you half-time and full-time reports as well as exclusive reaction and photographs from the game throughout the evening.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Steven Logan, Lubo Satka, Curtis Good (c), Yven Moyo, Conor Newton, Mehdi Abeid, Bradden Inman, Marcus Maddison, Nile Ranger, JJ Hooper
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Michael Riley, Alex Kitchen, Brandon Miele, Dennis Knight