Roeder Got It Dead Right!

Last updated : 03 November 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

The European governing body expects all sides to field a full strength team in all European competitions, so the Toon manager chose his words carefully.

But you know, as well as I do, the trio that were left in Newcastle this week to "heal knocks" will be back on Saturday. But after their replacements produced the shock of the season with that sensational 1-0 win in Sicily, they may struggle to walk straight back into the starting XI.

Steve Harper will face another late test to see if he can resume his place in goal with Tim Krul on standby to make his Premiership bow. But the way the young Dutchman performed on Thursday, Roeder could well stay with the kid.

Giuseppe Rossi is back after being ineligible in the UEFA Cup while Shay Given  remains sidelined.

Midfielder Michael Tonge will miss out for the Blades after being ruled out for at least a month with an ankle injury, and Nick Montgomery is likely to come into central midfield.

Defender Leigh Bromby (hamstring) was also injured against the champions and Rob Kozluk and Derek Geary will contest the right-back position.

There is also concern for forwards Danny Webber, Colin Kazim-Edwards and Ade Akinbiyi's who will all face a fitness test.

NEWCASTLE UTD (from): Harper, Krul, Taylor, Moore, Bramble, Carr, Bernard, Ramage, Parker, Solano, Milner, Emre, N'Zogbia, Duff, Pattison, Rossi, Sibierski, Luque, Carroll.

SHEFFIELD UTD (from): Kenny, Bennett, Unsworth, Davis, Morgan, Short, Sommeil, Armstrong, Leigertwood, Kozluk, Jagielka, Ifill, Gillespie, A Quinn, Hulse, Nade, Kazim-Richards, Kabba, Webber, Montgomery, Geary.