Alan Pardew has just named his starting eleven for this afternoon’s final pre-season game against Spanish side Real Sociedad, and it’s a very strong side, and probably gives us some hints as to what the starting eleven will be next Sunday against Manchester City.
But Siem de Jong and Cheick Tiote are both not being risked for this game, and we don’t know whether they will be fit enough for our first league game.
Siem has a toe injury and Cheick has a hamstring problem, and both injuries are said to be slight.
And there is no Rob Elliot in the squad, so we don’t know if he has picked up a knock, and Jak Alnwick is on the bench although we expect Tim Krul to play the full 90 minutes today.
Newcastle youngsters Rolando Aarons and Adam Armstrong are both on the bench this afternoon, and both of them could see some action in the second half.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Haidara; Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Gouffran; Cabella; Riviere
Subs: Alnwick, Dummett, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Abeid, Obertan, Aarons, Ferreyra, Perez, Armstrong
We need to see a good performance from the lads this afternoon.
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