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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Newcastle and Wigan at St James' Park.

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Coloccini:  Should be fit for Latics clash

Coloccini: Should be fit for Latics clash

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will begin a lengthy spell without France winger Hatem Ben Arfa as he continues his recovery from surgery to repair a double leg fracture.

The 23-year-old is out of Saturday's home clash with Wigan and is unlikely to return until March following Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong's tackle.

However, central defender Fabricio Coloccini is fit after limping off at Eastlands with a groin problem.

Danny Guthrie (knee) could return from a lengthy lay-off after playing for the reserves last week, although the game will come too soon for Danny Simpson (ankle) following his appearance for the second string on Wednesday.

Steven Taylor (shoulder) is due to resume training next week but Leon Best (ankle), Steve Harper (shoulder) and Dan Gosling (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will recall midfielder Tom Cleverley to the squad.

Cleverley, on loan from Manchester United, proved his fitness following a knee injury by playing for the England Under-21 team.

Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has recovered from a stomach virus but Antolin Alcaraz is doubtful with an ankle problem while Martinez is keen to rest Gary Caldwell as the defender continues his recovery from injury.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Soderberg, R. Taylor, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Campbell, Kadar, Smith, Tiote, Barton, Routledge, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Tavernier, Donaldson, Nolan, Carroll, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Ranger.

Wigan (from): Al Habsi, Kirkland, Gohouri, Boyce, Stam, Figueroa, Alcaraz, N'Zogbia, Cleverley, Watson, Diame, Moses, McCarthy, Rodallega, Di Santo, Boselli, Gomez, S Caldwell, Golobart, McArthur.

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Premier League Fixtures

Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 33 -6 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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