Dwight Gayle returns to Newcastle starting XI, Isaac Hayden on bench

Mohamed Diame and Rafa Benitez
Mohamed Diame and Rafa Benitez
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Rafa Benitez has named his starting XI for this afternoon's game against Wigan Athletic.

Championship leaders Newcastle United take on Graham Barrow's struggling side at St James's Park (3pm kick-off).

And Benitez has recalled Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey have been recalled to the starting XI in place of Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez.

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Murphy (calf) is not involved, while Grant Hanley starts after recovering from a minor ankle problem.

Mohamed Diame starts against his former club ahead of Perez, who is among the substitutes.

Newcastle are a point ahead of second-placed Brighton and Hove Albion, who are at home to Blackburn Rovers.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Anita, Hanley, Lascelles, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran; Gayle. Subs: Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Hayden, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic.

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