Anzhi ace Willian ruled out of Newcastle United clash

INJURY BLOW ... Anzhi's Brazilian star Willian.
INJURY BLOW ... Anzhi's Brazilian star Willian.

ANZHI Makhachkala have suffered a blow on the eve of their Europa League tie against Newcastle United.

Willian – the club’s £30m forward – has been ruled out of tomorrow night’s Europa League tie at St James’s Park through injury.

The 24-year-old suffered a hamstring problem during last week’s goalless draw between the two clubs in Moscow.

Anzhi coach Guus Hiddink hoped the Brazil international would be fit to face Newcastle in the return leg of the Round of 16 tie.

But Hiddink was forced to leave the 24-year-old in Russia after he failed to prove his fitness.