TAMAS Kadar was all set to start against Plymouth – only for illness to cost him a place in Chris Hughton's side.
The teenage defender was outstanding in Newcastle United's goalless draw away to Argyle in the FA Cup.
And boss Hughton had pencilled him in for another game in the replay at St James's Park last night, having planned to rest Fabricio Coloccini ahead of Monday night's crucial Championship game against West Bromwich Albion.
But the 19-year-old reported in feeling sick, and Coloccini was restored to the United side, which won 3-0.
"I wasn't going to play Colo, because Tamas Kadar was playing before he reported in with an illness," Hughton told the Gazette.
"It was only a couple of hours before the game that we changed it."
Kevin Nolan's wife gave birth yesterday, but the midfielder still reported for duty, and the club's top scorer celebrated by setting up Peter Lovenkrands' third goal.
Hughton went on: "It was always touch and go with Kevin Nolan because his wife had a little boy on the day of the game."
Meanwhile, right-back Danny Simpson – who has a slight injury – was left out as a "precaution" according to Hughton, while captain Nicky Butt was today being assessed after suffering a head injury in last night's game.