Mehdi Abeid is expected to feature for Newcastle United Reserves as they face Blackburn Rovers today  (Thursday) lunchtime.

The kick-off is 1pm at Whitley Park with season ticket holders/members admitted free, otherwise it is £3 admittance with £1 concessions.

Strikers Phil Airey and Ryan Donaldson

A young squad features only Abeid, Airey and Donaldson who have had first team experience, with seven Academy youngsters involved – goalkeeper Alex Baird, defenders Louis Storey, Michael Riley and Alex Kitchen, midfielders Steven Logan & Ryan McGorrigan and striker Dan Taylor.

Blackburn have won just won of their 16 games this season, while Newcastle are currently fourth in the table with 21 points from their 14 matches so far.

Full squad

Mehdi Abeid, Phil Airey, Alex Baird, Ryan Donaldson, Jeff Henderson, Steven Logan, Alex Kitchen, Greg McDermott, Ryan McGorrigan, Yven Moyo, Patrick Nzuzi, Michael Richardson, Michael Riley, Louis Storey, Dan Taylor