Newcastle v Norwich: Coloccini Starts
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Fabricio Coloccini is back in the Newcastle starting line-up for Saturday's home game against Norwich
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Captain Fabricio Coloccini returns to the Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League home game against Norwich (3pm kick-off).
The centre-back's inclusion is the only change to the Magpies' team from their victory at Tottenham a fortnight ago. And it is an enforced one, with Coloccini replacing Mathieu Debuchy, who serves a one-game ban for accumulating five bookings.
Coloccini last featured against Cardiff at the start of October before being sidelined by a groin injury, but he was an unused substitute at White Hart Lane last time out.
It means a slight reshuffle to a United defence which has kept back-to-back clean sheets in wins over Chelsea and Spurs.
On the substitutes' bench there is a place for defender Massadio Haidara, who has only played once this season - against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. Before and after he has been sidelined by injury.
Norwich City (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; Nathan Redmond, Bradley Johnson, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson, Anthony Pilkington; Gary Hooper
Substitutes: Carlo Nash, Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong, Josh Murphy, Wes Hoolahan, Johan Elmander, Lucianno Becchio
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)