Albion have recalled Casper Ankergren after more than a year in the wilderness.
The Danish goalkeeper starts versus Newcastle in the third round of the FA Cup today.
He has not played competitive first team football since the 2-0 defeat at Coventry on the final day of 2011.
Gary Dicker gets his first start since October but there is no place in the XI for former Toon youngster Kazenga LuaLua, who is on the bench.
Albion are still missing Bruno (Achilles) and Inigo Calderon (knee) so David continues at right-back.
Will Buckley has recovered from a hamstring injury and is among the subs.
Newcastle have almost a whole team out injured or otherwise unavailable.
Their latest absentees are striker Papiss Cisse and defender Fabricio Coloccini, who have picked up knocks.
Star French full-back Mathieu Debuchy was not signed in time for today’s game.
Rob Elliot gets the nod in goal rather than Tim Krul and Shola Ameobi is likely to operate as a lone front man in a 4-2-3-1 set-up.
Albion: Ankergren; David, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Hammond, Dicker, Orlandi; Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Kuszczak, Dunk, Crofts, Dobbie, Hoskins, LuaLua, Buckley.
Newcastle: Elliot; Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, Santon; Anita, Bigirimana; Obertan, Abeid, Sammy Ameobi; Shola Ameobi. Subs: Krul, Dummett, Ferguson, Amalfitano, Marveaux, Campbell, Ranger.
Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)