By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Mehdi Abeid is expected to feature for Newcastle United Reserves for the third consecutive game as they face Blackburn Rovers on Thursday lunchtime (1pm kick-off).
The French midfielder - who has made two first team appearances this term - will make it a hat-trick of second-string showings in seven days at Whitley Park tomorrow, having also had 90-minute run-outs against Aston Villa and Sunderland last week.
Strikers Phil Airey and Ryan Donaldson are the only other players in coach Willie Donachie's squad who have first team experience to their name.
And it is a youthful party which will face Rovers in the Barclays Premier Reserve League fixture, with no fewer than seven Academy youngsters involved - goalkeeper Alex Baird, defenders Louis Storey, Michael Riley and Alex Kitchen, midfielders Steven Logan and Ryan McGorrigan, and striker Dan Taylor.
United's opponents Blackburn have won just won of their 16 games this season, while Donachie's men currently lie fourth in the table with 21 points from their 14 matches so far.
Newcastle United Reserves squad in full
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