Rafa Benitez DROPS Jamaal Lascelles and STARTS Yoan Gouffran

Jamaal Lascelles
Jamaal Lascelles

Rafa Benitez has dropped Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles for tonight's game against Reading.

Manager Benitez has made four changes for the Championship fixture.

Lascelles is joined on the bench by Daryl Janmaat, who has also been left out of the starting XI at St James's Park (7.45pm kick-off).

Defender Ciaran Clark, signed from Aston Villa, makes his debut, while forward Yoan Gouffran has been handed a surprise start.

Newcastle will be captained by defender Paul Dummett.

Reading are skippered by former Sunderland defender Paul McShane.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Sels; Anita, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran; Perez; Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Janmaat, Lascelles, Hanley, Colback, Aarons, Armstrong.

READING: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, McShane, Van den Berg, Evans, Williams, Swift, Beerens, McCleary, Kermorgant. Subs: Jaakkola, Cooper, Mendes, Rakels, Meite, Quinn, Watson.