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

Mohamed Diame and Rafa Benitez
Mohamed Diame and Rafa Benitez

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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