Gini Wijnaldum recalled by Rafa Benitez for must-win Palace game

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Georginio Wijnaldum has been recalled by Rafa Benitez for this afternoon's must-win home game against Crystal Palace.

The midfielder replaces Ayoze Perez in Benitez's starting XI for the Premier League game at St James's Park (3pm kick-off).

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jonjo Shelvey are again on the bench.

Fit-again Steven Taylor is also among the substitutes for second-bottom Newcastle, who could climb out of the relegation zone with a win.

Meanwhile, former United midfielder Yohan Cabaye is in Alan Pardew's team.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Colback, Tiote; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Cisse. Subs: Woodman, Taylor, Mbabu, Shelvey, de Jong, Perez, Mitrovic.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak, Cabaye; Puncheon, McArthur, Bolasie; Wickham. Subs: McCarthy, Mariappa, Kelly, Ledley, Sako, Gayle, Adebayor.

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