Newcastle expected 4-2-3-1 v Reading: 27-year-old axed in two changes
By Danny Wright
Newcastle are expected to make two changes to their starting line-up for their trip to Reading on Tuesday night.
DeAndre Yedlin should return to the side at right-back over Vurnon Anita and Ayoze Perez is expected back into his attacking midfield role after he was rested in the win over Huddersfield on Saturday.
Anita returned from injury to start at full-back against the Terriers but the 27-year-old was far from his best as, according to WhoScored, he completed just 57% of his passes throughout the game.
Yedlin had started every league game for the Magpies since their last defeat in early January before he was dropped to the bench for the trip to Yorkshire.
Perez may return to the side after he was an unused sub in the win at the John Smith’s Stadium.
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Mohamed Diame will lose his place in the starting line-up to accommodate the Spanish attacking midfielder.
It is still unclear why Aleksandar Mitrovic missed out on the matchday squad on Saturday, so he is expected to miss out again as fellow strikers Daryl Murphy and Dwight Gayle got on the score sheet in the 3-1 victory.
Murphy started the match and put in a brilliant performance, so he is expected to retain his place in the 11.
Gayle continues to recover from a hamstring injury which could mean he will be set for another start on the bench.
Karl Darlow is expected to keep his place in goal with Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles keeping their respective places for what will be their second game in four days.
Jack Colback and Jonjo Shelvey are likely to keep their positions in the centre of the midfield with Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie expected to start another game on the wings.
In other Newcastle news, the club reportedly have a deal in place for a Premier League defender should they get promoted.