The Newcastle reserves team that plays against Aston Villa tonight, is set to have a different look to normal.
The club have confirmed that a number of first team players are included in the squad for the 7pm kick-off tonight.
Earlier it was revealed that Siem de Jong had asked Steve McClaren if he could be included to give him some football, plus try and prove his level of fitness to the Head Coach.
The Dutch international has been named in the squad and he will be joined by a number of others with various levels of first team involvement behind them.
Massadio Haidara is set to play after Paul Dummett’s selection ahead of him in recent matches.
Whilst Jamaal Lascelles and fellow defender Kevi Mbabu are also lined up to play.
Ivan Toney, who made his Premier League debut as a sub against Chelsea, aims to score for his fifth reserve game in a row, whilst another surprise is that Freddie Woodman is included in the squad and could play.
Currently Newcastle’s only fit ‘senior’ goalkeeper, there have been rumours of an application by Newcastle to bring in an emergency loan keeper, ever since Rob Elliot’s injured state after Saturday’s match with Stoke.
However, so far there has been no official confirmation by the club that any such application has been made.
One player who was rumoured to be a possible tonight, Sylvain Marveaux, is not named by the club as a possible tonight, despite reports that he is now back in full training and available to play.
It is a strange situation in football these days, there has never been as many (very well paid) first team squad players than there is now, and yet very rarely do they get any kind of regular or even irregular competitive football, if they are not playing for the first team.
In the past it was the done thing that fringe players and those coming back from injury played for the second string, so they wree ready for first team football if needed.
Kick-off is 7pm tonight at St James Park, free for season ticket holders and £3 (£1 concessions) otherwise.