Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is struggling to make the game.
Ameobi would have missed the postponed Premier League trip to Birmingham last weekend with a hamstring injury, and is likely to miss out on
However, defender Sol Campbell has shaken off the bout of illness which threatened his participation at St Andrews, and he and Steven Taylor will fight to keep their places as Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson belatedly return from suspension.
Keeper Steve Harper, who was an unused substitute for the 3-1 victory over Liverpool on his return from shoulder surgery, is pushing to replace Tim Krul, but Dan Gosling (knee), Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) and Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) are still out.
Nigel de Jong will return from suspension for Manchester City.
Defeat to Everton on Monday cost City their chance to spend Christmas at the top of the table for the first time in 81 years but they are undefeated away from Eastlands since the end of October and will fancy their chances of completing a league double over the Magpies.
Kolo Toure serves a one-match suspension after his red card against Everton on Monday.
Mario Balotelli has shrugged off a minor knee ailment and is expected to be part of Roberto Mancini's squad, while Pablo Zabaleta (ankle) is also set to report fit.
Newcastle (from): Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, Campbell, Kadar, Barton, Tiote, Smith, Routledge, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Nolan, Vuckic, Tavernier, Donaldson, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Xisco.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boateng, Kompany, Boyata, Kolarov, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Johnson, De Jong, Vieira, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Adebayor, Balotelli, Jo.