Newcastle confirmed line-up v Cardiff: 27-year-old axed in five changes
By Dominic Toner
Newcastle have made five changes to their starting XI for the Championship game against Cardiff on Saturday.
The Magpies travel to the Cardiff City Stadium in the league and will be looking to celebrate their promotion in style.
They have secured their promotion back to the Premier League and are now trying to pip leaders Brighton to the Championship title.
Rafael Benítez has made five alterations to his side from the team that beat Preston 4-1 in their last game.
Newcastle midfielder Matt Ritchie has been axed from the side as he recently picked up a two-match ban for using abusive or insulating language to an official.
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The 27-year-old will miss the final two games of the season and he has been an ever-present for the majority of the season.
Meanwhile, Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Aleksandar Mitrovic have dropped out.
DeAndre Yedlin, Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Mo Diane and Daryl Murphy have come into the team.
Newcastle have announced their starting line-up on their official Twitter account.
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Newcastle were the pre-season favourites to obtain promotion and have managed to match that, but may miss out on the league crown.
They are four points adrift of Brighton with just two games remaining and may need maximum points from Cardiff and Barnsley to have a chance.
Meanwhile, Chris Hughton’s Brighton face Bristol City and Aston Villa in the closing weeks.
In other Newcastle team news, Alan Shearer believes the club must keep their senior man.