Newcastle outcasts set for low-key outing

Gael Bigirimana
Gael Bigirimana

Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana are set for run-outs at Norwich City this afternoon.

Forward Vuckic and midfielder Bigirimana are no in Rafa Benitez's plans at Newcastle United.

And the pair spent pre-season with Peter Beardsley's Under-23 squad, who kick off their Premier League 2 campaign with a fixture against Norwich at their Colney training ground (2pm kick-off).

Football development manager Beardsley said: "I think the first day of any team's season is exciting.

"It really is exciting. Us and Norwich both came down together unfortunately, but they're a great club. Their first team had a brilliant start to the Championship and they play great football.

"They have a lot of good young players, so it'll be an exciting game and a good game for us to start with.

"My philosophy is always to play well, and obviously ideally win, no doubt about that, and it's important for them mentally."