Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark recalled to Newcastle's starting XI

Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow
Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow

Rafa Benitez has named his Newcastle United side for tonight's home game against Preston North End.

A win at St James's Park would secure the club promotion to the Premier League (7.45pm kick-off).

United manager has recalled fit-again defender Ciaran Clark and goalkeeper Rob Elliot to his starting XI.

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Clark has recovered from the knee injury he suffered against Fulham last month, while Elliot hasn't played a competitive first-team fixture since March last year, when he suffered cruciate ligament damage playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Karl Darlow, a Championship ever-present since late September, is among the substitutes.

Former United defender Paul Huntington is in Preston's starting XI.

Newcastle are seven points behind Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion, who were promoted a week ago.

Fourth-placed Huddersfield Town play their game in hand against Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow night.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Mbemba, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Murphy.

PRESTON NORTH END: Maxwell, Browning, Huntington, Boyle, Spurr, Gallagher, Browne, Johnson, McGeady, Barkhuizen, Hugill. Subs: Lindegaard, Vermijl Horgan, Pringle, Beckford, May, Robinson.

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