NEWCASTLE United’s players will be told to put their feet up by Alan Pardew – so they can stride forward at home and abroad.
Pardew’s side have a two-week break before taking on Manchester City.
And Newcastle, beaten 2-1 by Wigan Athletic on Sunday on a game marred by the knee injury suffered by Massadio Haidara, will be given a few days off.
United have come through a gruelling few weeks in the Premier League and Europe.
With the club’s top-flight status still to be secured, and a Europa League quarter-final against Benfica on the horizon, Pardew will scale down the squad’s workload at the club’s training ground before the visit to the Etihad Stadium on March 30.
“We’ll be resting,” Pardew said. “We’ll rest the players.
“Outside of two or three days work, we need some rest. We were full tilt after Thursday, and you could see we were a bit tired towards the end.
“We had two subs missing because of the injuries. That didn’t help, either.”
There were few positives to come from Newcastle’s visit to the DW Stadium, where Mathieu Debuchy also suffered a hamstring problem. Debuchy was yesterday withdrawn from the France squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Georgia.
The highlight was Davide Santon’s first goal for the club, the strike cancelling out Jean Beausejour’s first-half opener.
Santon’s second-half goal looked to have secured a point for United until Arouna Kone’s 90th-minute intervention.
“I thought Davide was terrific,” said Pardew. “He did a lot of really great things which we take for granted.
“We did a lot of things well, and ended up with nothing.”