Newcastle named 26 players that flew off to La Manga in Spain yesterday for a five-day training camp that ends with a game against Norwegian side Lillestrom SK on Saturday, with a 3:00 pm kick-off.
Missing from the squad is Aleksandar Mitrovic and also the fit-again Papiss Cisse was not on the plane, so we’re not sure why those two strikers are missing.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – not in Spain
Here’s the full squad of 26 players:
Rolando Aarons, Vurnon Anita, Daniel Barlaser, Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini, Karl Darlow, Siem de Jong, Seydou Doumbia, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Liam Gibson, Yoan Gouffran, Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Moussa Sissoko, Jamie Sterry, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Andros Townsend, Georginio Wijnaldum, Callum Williams and Freddie Woodman.
When Newcastle return from the warm weather training they will still have about 10 days to prepare for the game at Stoke City on March 2nd followed by a home game against Bournemouth four days later.
If the news is to be believed then Newcastle will need to take at least 4 points from those two games if Steve McClaren is to keep his job at the club.
There’s no explanation on the Newcastle web-site why Mitrovic is not in Spain – maybe he picked up a knock on Saturday?
McClaren needs to use Papiss Cisse in the coming games, because of the strikers we have at the club he is the one that has had most success in scoring goals in the Premier League.