Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin OUT of Newcastle's pre-season opener

Florian Lejeune
Florian Lejeune

Rafa Benitez has named his starting XI for Newcastle United's opening pre-season friendly.

Benitez's side take on Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

New signing Florian Lejeune is among the substitutes.

However, Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin are not involved.

Ritchie has had some treatment following an operation in April, while Yedlin is being eased back in by Benitez after his involvement in the USA's summer internationals.

Meanwhile, former United defender Aaron Hughes starts for Hearts.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Haidara, Aarons, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, De Jong, Gayle. Subs: Woodman, Gamez, Hanley, Dummett, Lazaar, Lejeune, Colback, Saivet, Armstrong, Perez, Mitrovic.

HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN: Hamilton, Smith, Smith-Brown, Nowak, Hughes, Berra, Walker, Buaben, Stockton, Cowie, Goncalves.