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Team news: Wilson and Fraser start

Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser will both start as Newcastle United go in search of a first win of 2021 against Sheffield United on Tuesday night (6pm kick-off).

The former Bournemouth pair come back into the Magpies’ side as Steve Bruce shuffles his pack for the clash with the Blades – who currently sit bottom of the Premier League – at Bramall Lane.

Elsewhere, the in-form Karl Darlow is preferred to the fit-again Martin Dúbravka between the posts, with Fabian Schär and Federico Fernández returning to the backline to line up alongside DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett.

Jeff Hendrick and Fraser, who is back in action after a spell out injured, will operate on the flanks, with Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden in the middle of the park.

And leading scorer Wilson, who missed the weekend’s FA Cup defeat at Arsenal as a precaution, returns to lead the line against Chris Wilder’s side.

There is firepower on the bench, in the shape of Andy Carroll, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle and Miguel Almirón.

Teenage playmaker Elliot Anderson – who made his United debut at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday – is also among the substitutes, along with Jacob Murphy and Matt Ritchie.

And Matty Longstaff and Dúbravka complete the list of players Bruce can deploy from the bench.

Newcastle United: Karl Darlow; DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Schär, Federico Fernández, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Jeff Hendrick, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Ryan Fraser; Callum Wilson.

Substitutes: Martin Dúbravka, Matt Ritchie, Matty Longstaff, Jacob Murphy, Elliot Anderson, Miguel Almirón, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll.

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