‘Huge blow’ Newcastle United squad hit by two more absentees due to harsh UEFA Champions League rule

Eddie Howe will have two fewer players in Paris for the last Champions League away game in Group F.
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle team was reduced by two more absences in Paris, with Alex Murphy and Amadou Diallo unable to play owing to UEFA restrictions.


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The two teenagers are ineligible for the B squad since they have not been with Newcastle for more than two years. As a result, Howe was left with only 18 players for tonight’s crucial Group F match in Paris, and he drafted in 19-year-old James Huntley yesterday night to bolster the team.

Matt Ritchie, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth, and Mark Gillespie are also ineligible as Howe slashes his roster. However, Howe can select 17-year-old star Lewis Miley, who trained yesterday night just days after playing a key role in the 4-1 triumph over Chelsea. “The thing I loved about him after the game on Saturday, it was just another game for him, that is how he will need to approach this one.”

“We are pretty much as we were at the weekend, but with a few absentees who can’t play in this competition,” Howe said of his starting XI, which might resemble the one that defeated Chelsea at St James’ Park.  Joe [Willock] is seeing a specialist tomorrow, we are still unsure on him. Sean [Longstaff] has not travelled.”

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