Injuries force Alan Pardew to give Newcastle youth a chance in Europe


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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