St. James' Park
Barclays Premier League
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Ryan Taylor starts a Barclays Premier League fixture for the first time in 32 months, as Newcastle United entertain Queens Park Rangers at St. James' Park 93pm kick-off).
The versatile midfielder has only recently returned to full fitness following successive cruciate ligament injuries, and has appeared twice so far this season - at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, and as a substitute last time out at West Bromwich Albion.
But this is Taylor's first top flight start since 4th March, 2012, when the Magpies recorded a 1-1 home draw against local rivals Sunderland.
Taylor's inclusion is one of two enforced changes made by manager Alan Pardew, with centre-back Mike Williamson also returning to the starting line-up. The pair replace injured duo Fabricio Coloccini and Mehdi Abeid.
As they go in search of a sixth successive win in all competitions, United are expected to keep faith with the 4-3-3 formation which has served them so well.
On the substitutes' bench there is a place for 20-year-old central defender Remie Streete, who is yet to make a senior first team appearance, and he is joined by Facundo Ferreyra, Papiss Cisse, Adam Armstrong, Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita and Rob Elliot.
Queens Park Rangers (4-4-2): Robert Green; Nedum Onuhoa, Richard Dunne, Steven Caulker, Yun Suk-Young; Joey Barton (c), Karl Henry, Sandro, Leroy Fer; Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora
Substitutes: Alex McCarthy, Armand Traore, Mauricio Isla, Jordon Mutch, Junior Hoilett, Niko Kranjcar, Matty Phillips
Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)