HATEM Ben Arfa has been left out of Newcastle United’s starting XI for this afternoon’s game against Chelsea.
The forward has instead been named on the substitute’s bench for the televised game (12.45pm).
Striker Shola Ameobi leads the line for Alan Pardew’s side in the Premier League match.
The striker is preferred up front to Papiss Demba Cisse for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s side to St James’s Park.
Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye, left out of United’s starting XI in midweek, return to the side.
Meanwhile, midfielder Juan Mata starts for Chelsea.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy. Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse.
CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Mikel, Willian, Schurrle, Eto’o.