After their stunning win over Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night, Newcastle will be hoping to cap an excellent week by moving into the top half of the Premier League table when they take on Wigan at the DW Stadium.

A month ago, this may have looked like an easy three points for the Magpies as Wigan face their annual relegation battle, but the Latics’ form has changed and their 3-0 FA Cup success over Everton last week was a sign of their traditional late-season upturn in form.

It’s at this point of the season when Wigan start playing like Barcelona and soundly beating supposedly better sides than themselves, which makes this clash a tricky one for the Magpies.

Pardew’s side will be full of confidence after their last-gasp winner against Anzhi though and welcome back their ineligible players for domestic action.

Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran will come back into the starting line-up, with Papiss Cisse leading the line after two goals in his last two appearances.

Youngster Adam Campbell came off the bench to make an impact three days ago and could be set for another similar cameo role, as he looks to make an impression in his fledgling Newcastle career.

The big news concerning team selection though is regarding Hatem Ben Arfa, whose season has been ended by the news that he requires an operation on his troublesome hamstring injury. Pardew described it as “more complicated than first thought” and will be without his star man for the remaining nine Premier League games.

Yohan Cabaye will miss out too, after pulling his groin in the Anzhi game. The severity of the injury isn’t known yet, but the first signs are that it shouldn’t keep the Newcastle captain out for too long.

Ivan Ramis, Antolin Alcaraz, Albert Crusat and Ben Watson are all missing for Wigan, who have struggled with injuries to key defenders all season. Former Magpie Gary Caldwell may play some part, but on loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi is injured.

A win for Newcastle could lift them as high as 10th in the table, while a victory for Wigan could close the gap on fourth-bottom Aston Villa to three points, having watched their relegation rivals secure a potentially massive win against QPR on Saturday.