Hatem Ben Arfa

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United are jetting out to Russia ahead of Thursday night's Europa League Round of 16 first leg fixture against Anzhi Makhachkala (5pm kick-off GMT).

Manager Alan Pardew has named a 19-man party for the match at the Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, which blends youth and experience.

Fit-again Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been sidelined since early December with a hamstring injury, is on the plane, along with the likes of long-serving striker Shola Ameobi, centre-back Steven Taylor, midfielder Yohan Cabaye and former Ajax man Vurnon Anita.

At the other end of the spectrum is 18-year-old Adam Campbell, who became the Magpies' youngest European debutant when he featured against Atromitos in the competition's qualifying round last August, while there is also places for Gael Bigirimana and rookie goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

As always, nufc.co.uk is the only place to come for in-depth coverage of United, be it at home or abroad.

Managing Editor Anthony Marshall and Club Reporter Dan King will bring fans previews, live text updates, reports and reaction from the fixture, with Club Photographer Ian Horrocks providing exclusive images all the way.

And Newcastle supporters should also stay tuned to nufcTV, as Video Reporter Rob Scanlon supplies the manager's pre-game press conference, post-match interviews and highlights exclusively for our subscribers.


Newcastle United squad in full

Jak Alnwick, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa