Rafa Benitez forced into reshuffle by injury to key Newcastle man

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Ciaran Clark is OUT of this afternoon's home game against Barnsley.

The Newcastle United defender misses out at St James's Park because of a knee injury (12pm kick-off).

And Rafa Benitez, also without Grant Hanley, has fielded Isaac Hayden in central defence.

Fit-again striker Dwight Gayle is on the bench.

Second-placed Newcastle will win Championship if they better Brighton and Hove Albion's result at Aston Villa.

Benitez's side are a point behind the league leaders.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Yedlin, Hayden, Mbemba, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Atsu, Perez, Gouffran; Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Anita, Haidara, Lazaar, Diame, Gayle, Murphy.