As expected Steve Harper returns to the Newcastle goal this afternoon against Wigan, and manager Alan Pardew has made a full 5 changes from the side beaten 2-0 at Spurs on Wednesday afternoon.
Jose Enrique, Shola Ameobi, Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands all are in the starting line-up, as Alan Pardew goes with an attacking 4-4-2 formation to try to get all 3 points at Wigan this afternoon.
And with Routledge not in the starting line up it looks like Joey Barton will play out on the right wing, and get in those crosses to big man Shola Ameobi, and a lot rests on the 28 year-old Nigerian-born striker this afternoon.
Nolan has served a one-game suspension for getting his 5th yellow card against Man City, and Enrique and Ameobi have both recovered from their hamstring problems.
Andy Carroll misses out with a thigh problem, and we are still to hear the full extent of that injury – but it could be he is out a full month – in the worst case.
Former Newcastle youngster Gary Caldwell starts for Wigan and his brother Steven, who played 37 times with two goals for the Magpies, is on the bench.
This is a big big game for Newcastle, and we are looking to get all 3 points and for every single player in a black and white shirt today, we look to them to work their socks off for the Newcastle cause this afternoon.
Former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia is suspended for this game, after having been sent off against Arsenal last week.
Tom Cleverley, a former Newcastle loan target last summer, starts for Wigan.
Howay The Lads!! – we need a win!
Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi, Lovenkrands.
Subs: Krul, Williamson, Routledge, Perch, Smith, Best, Ranger.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Thomas, Watson, Gomez, Cleverley, Rodallega, Diame, Stam.
Subs: Pollitt, Boselli, S Caldwell, McArthur, Lopez, Figueroa, McManaman.