Injuries force Alan Pardew to give Newcastle youth a chance in Europe
Thursday 23 August 2012
Alan Pardew has urged his patched-up Newcastle United squad to make a name for themselves tonight against Atromitos.
The Newcastle manager will be without some of his most influential players as the club return to Europe after a five-year absence.
They have travelled to Greece for their Europa League qualifying play-off first leg without Shola Ameobi, who picked up a knock in the Premier League game against Tottenham, Demba Ba and Cheick Tioté, who are also both nursing knocks from the 2-1 win over Spurs on Saturday.
And despite hoping to start, both Northern Ireland's Shane Ferguson and Slovenia midfielder Haris Vuckic also look set to miss out. "Unfortunately, we've experienced a number of enforced changes," said Pardew. "Demba Ba is injured, Cheick Tioté is injured, and Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic are also out. It's a real shame because I was looking forward to them getting a chance in Europe."
Youngsters James Tavernier, Gaël Bigirimana and Adam Campbell are in the squad. "One or two of the younger players will be involved. It's a chance for them to impress," Pardew told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. "Hopefully, we're all set for the game and we can progress."
Newcastle United (probable, 4-3-3): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Santon; Anita, Bigirimana, Amalfatino; Obertan, Campbell, Gutierrez
Latest in Sport
Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones
John Stones appears to jump over ball as Everton concede goal against Barnsley
Usain Bolt taken out by clumsy photographer on Segway during victory lap after World Championships 200m win over Justin Gatlin
Club Brugge 0 Manchester United 4 player ratings: Wayne Rooney scores hat-trick, but who impressed in Champions League tie?
Javier Hernandez: Great night for Manchester United, terrible night for Chicharito
- 1 Video of Irish 'professional boxer' fighting Istanbul neighbourhood goes viral in Turkey
- 3 Toby Sheldon: Justin Bieber lookalike found dead in motel room
- 4 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 5 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs