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7th Mar, 2017 | 7:27pm

Newcastle fans react on Twitter to rare start for 31-year-old v Reading

By Dominic Toner

Newcastle defender Jesus Gamez was handed a rare start against Reading – and the club’s supporters expressed their delight on Twitter that he gets the chance to impress.

The 31-year-old moved to St James’ Park in the summer from Atletico Madrid and has struggled to make an impact.

The right-back has made just four appearances across all competitions this season, with only two of them coming in the league.

He will have the opportunity to showcase his talents in the Championship match against fifth-placed Reading.

The Magpies will be looking to extend their lead at the top of table as they push towards automatic promotion.

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Rafael Benitez has decided to make three alterations to his side from the team that beat Huddersfield 3-1 on Saturday, with Gamez, Yoan Gouffran and Ayoze Perez coming into the starting XI.

Newcastle fans were particularly pleased that Gamez gets a run out due to the absence of Vurnon Anita and DeAndre Yedlin.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Gamez was expected to play a starring role in the club’s promotion push this season after racking up vast experience in Spain during his career.

The defender is enjoying his first taste of life in English football and has found himself out-of-favour under Benitez.

He racked up 257 appearances for Spanish top-flight club Malaga, before a brief spell with Atletico.

Gamez could still play an important role during the rest of Newcastle’s season and will be under pressure to perform against a strong Reading side.

In other Newcastle team news, David Prutton has predicted the clash against Reading.

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