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Magpies welcome Russian Premier League opposition to St James’ Park.
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Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa will miss Newcastle’s Europa League second leg with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
The 26-year-old France international started the goalless first leg in Moscow but has suffered a setback on a hamstring he tore in December.
Striker Shola Ameobi will undergo a late fitness test on the ankle problem he suffered in the Luzhniki Stadium.
Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran are ineligible and keeper Tim Krul (ankle) and Fabricio Coloccini (back) are out.
This is Newcastle’s 12th game in the Europa League in 2012-13, but boss Alan Pardew says his side’s efforts will mean nothing unless they win the competition.
The Magpies, without a major trophy since 1969, have recorded wins over Atromitos Athens, Bordeaux, Club Bruges and Metalist Kharkiv so far.
Another against Anzhi will leave Pardew’s men in the quarter-finals after a goalless first leg in Russia.
“We are in it to win it,” said former West Ham boss Pardew.
“There’s no point saying to me, ‘Would the quarter-finals be a great achievement for you in your managerial career?’
“It would be something I could put on my CV, but it wouldn’t really mean much to me unless I win the trophy.
“I have been to the FA Cup final twice and lost twice, and I see this competition as a higher standard of competition.
“But I want to win and this club wants to win trophies, so we have a big agenda in front of us.”
Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink was in charge at Chelsea for three and a half months in the wake of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s exit towards the end of the 2008-09 season.
He retains a huge fondness for the Premier League and refuses to rule out a return one day.
Hiddink said: “I don’t know because I’m not the youngest anymore, although I feel still very energetic and I love to be on the pitch almost every day with the guys.
“There is energy left, but I never can predict my future because a big part of the future is already behind me.
“I’d like to add a little sentence to that because it does seem in my answer that I’m not having a lot of joy in my current job, which is not true, I love the job which I am doing now.”
Asked if he missed English football, he said: “Of course. I enjoyed very much the Premier League and my time with Chelsea.
“The Premier League is what every player likes to do and also the managers and coaches, they like to work in the big leagues, of course.
“I like very much the attitude of the players I had at Chelsea in my time. I liked very much the atmosphere in the stadiums, the public who enjoy very much and respect very much the way of playing.” (BBC)
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