JOSE Enrique has picked up a slight hamstring strain in training forcing Chris Hughton to make changes to his back four.
The manager has also made changes in attack where Marlon Harewood makes his first start for the Magpies alongside Peter Lovenkrands.Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger both drop to the bench.
Danny Simpson is expected to switch to a left-back position with Ryan Taylor taking over on the right side of defence.
NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Harper,R Taylor, S Taylor,Khizhanishvili,Simpson,Gutierrez,Guthrie,Nolan,Smith,Lovenkrands,Harewood Subs: Kruk(gk),Geremi,Butt,Kadar,Carroll,Ranger,Donaldson
BRISTOL CITY (4-4-2): Basso,Orr,Mcallister,Carey,Nyatanga,Elliott,Johnson,Maynard,Skuse,Sno,Saborio
Referee Graham Salisbury (Preston)