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Schalke v Newcastle: Krul Returns

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Tim Krul makes his first appearance of pre-season as Newcastle United face Schalke

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the VELTINS-Arena


Tim Krul makes his first appearance of pre-season as Newcastle United face Schalke in their second and final game of the Schalke 04 Cup (5.45pm kick-off local time).

The Dutch goalkeeper only returned to Tyneside earlier this week, after being given an extended summer break following his participation at the World Cup.

And Krul has been named in a much-changed Magpies' starting line-up, which sees eight alterations from Saturday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Malaga.

The only survivors from that match are captain Fabricio Coloccini and midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback, as manager Alan Pardew shuffles his pack against the German hosts.

United are expected to line up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Krul behind a back four of Vurnon Anita, Mike Williamson, Coloccini and Paul Dummett.

Gabriel Obertan - who netted against Malaga - and teenager Rolando Aarons will take up roles on either flank, with Sissoko and Colback patrolling the middle of the park.

And it is an all-French strike force, as summer signing Emmanuel Riviere teams up with Yoan Gouffran to provide Newcastle's firepower in the final third.

On the substitutes' bench, there is a place for Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra, signed on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk only this morning, and he is joined by fellow new arrivals Remy Cabella and Ayoze Perez.


Schalke (4-3-3): Ralf Fahrmann; Kaan Ayhan, Felipe Santana, Joel Matip, Sead Kolasinac; Roman Neustadter, Marcel Sobottka, Dennis Aogo; Kevin Prince Boateng (c), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Max Meyer

Substitutes: Timon Wellenreuther, Christian Fuchs, Pascal Itter, Axel Borgmann, Marvin Friedrich, Marco Hoger, Maurice Multhaup, Donis Avdijaj


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons; Emmanuel Riviere, Yoan Gouffran

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick, Lubo Satka, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Remie Streete, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Remy Cabella, Adam Armstrong, Adam Campbell, Ayoze Perez, Facundo Ferreyra