Pardew to rotate Newcastle teams in Portugal

BACK IN TRAINING:  Yohan Cabaye
BACK IN TRAINING: Yohan Cabaye

ALAN Pardew will rotate his squad over the Guadiana Torneo - and field two different teams.

Newcastle take on Olympiakos at the Algarve Stadium, Portugal, tonight and Braga 24 hours later at the same venue.

Pardew - who flew into Faro today after watching the club’s Under-17s lose to Desportivo Brazil in the Milk Cup final in Northern Ireland yesterday - will have to juggle his squad for the two games.

Assistant manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone took training yesterday after the team’s arrival in Portugal.

And Carver says some players will be asked to play 90 minutes against Olympiakos, the club’s fourth pre-season friendly, now their match-fitness levels are up after the club’s recent tour of Germany and Austria.

“It’s a little bit different to last week,” Carver said.

“We’re now three weeks into the pre-season training. Now we go into a competition format and the manager will play two different teams each night.

“Everybody will play some part. Some will get 90 minutes.”

Yohan Cabaye has trained with his team-mates this week, though it is unclear if he will play any part in Portugal, but Hatem Ben Arfa, given an extended break, is yet to join his colleagues, who are staying in Portugal until the early part of next week.

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