HARIS Vuckic’s set for a role in Newcastle United’s bid for European football after Alan Pardew blocked a return to Cardiff City on loan.
Vuckic spent a month at the Championship club, and Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay was keen to take him back until the end of the season.
But a rash of injuries to Pardew’s squad ended Mackay’s hopes of securing the highly-rated midfielder, who had impressed in his five appearances for Cardiff, who are pushing for promotion to the Premier League.
And the 19-year-old, an unused substitute in Newcastle’s last two games, is likely to see an involvement in sixth-placed United’s remaining nine fixtures, which it’s hoped will yield a Europa League place.
Vuckic could also feature for United’s reserves against Chelsea at Whitley Park tonight (7pm kick-off admission £3 adults and £1 for concessions).
Asked if he would consider farming out Vuckic before the Football League’s loan deadline, Pardew told SportMail: “No chance – not with the injuries we’ve got.”
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