The City Ground
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Journalist
Newcastle United have made nine changes to their starting line-up for tonight's Carling Cup third round clash at Nottingham Forest.
Hatem Ben Arfa is in the starting line-up for his first competitive action since breaking his leg at Manchester City last October, and the French international is expected to be given an attacking role just off Peter Lovenkrands.
There are debuts for goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who arrived from Charlton at the end of August, and teenage midfielder Mehdi Abeid, while James Perch, Shane Ferguson, Danny Guthrie make their first appearances of the season.
Opponents Forest have named a strong starting line-up for the tie, but are only able to field six substitutes for the fixture.
Nottingham Forest (4-4-2): Lee Camp (c); Brendan Moloney, Wes Morgan, Joel Lynch, Chris Gunter; Robbie Findley, Jonathan Greening, Guy Moussi, Lewis McGugan; Marcus Tudgay, Matt Derbyshire
Substitutes: Paul Smith, Kieron Freeman, Patrick Bamford, Radoslaw Majewski, Andy Reid, Ishmael Miller