Vuckic set for role with Newcastle Utd after loan to Cardiff City blocked

Haris Vuckic
Haris Vuckic

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.”

Full story in Tursday’s Mail