Cro Cup, Slaven Belupo – Zadar -1ah
Quality on home side. Both are home teams. Slaven had some missings last game, for this game 4 important players back: Purić df 13/0, Gregurina mf 13/1, Maras df 14/1 i Vugrinec att 12/8 (topscorer and ‘all time league topscorer’). First game Zadar won 1-0
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Suspended: Claudio Terzi (df) Marcelo Larrondo (att 0/0), Nicola Belmonte (df 0/0), Roberto Vitiello (df)
Unavailable: Massimo Paci (df 10/2), Ze Eduardo G (att 8/1), Gaetano D’Agostino (mid 5/0)
Doubtful: Erjon C Bogdani (att 4/1)
Unavailable: Sergiu Suciu (mf 0/0), Marko Bakic (mf 0/0), Giuseppe Vives (mf 8/0), Valerio Di Cesare(df 2/0)
Doubtful: Kamil Jacek Glik (df 13/1), Pablo Caceres(df 0/0)
Duisburg – Union Berlin
Duisburg out: Wiedwald (gk 14/0), Bajic (df 12/1), Pamic (mf 10/0), Sukalo (mf 14/1), Da Silva (10/0), Hoffmann (mf 12/0), Kastrati (att 3/0) and without caps Bollmann, Gjasula, Karimow, Perthel
Union out: Puncec (df 9/0), Kopplin (df 0/0), Jopek (mf 11/3) and Gallegos (att 2/0)
Stoke – Newcastle
Double blow for Newcastle
Newcastle have received a double injury blow with the news that bot Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor will be out of action until February.
Cabaye, who picked up his groin injury while on international duty, will have to undergo a second operation while it is a hamstring injury which will keep Steven Taylor out of action. Taylor picked up the injury against Southampton at the weekend.
“He’s cursing his luck a little, but unfortunately for Steven, his record is that he does pick up injuries. Maybe the fact that we have had to call upon him more than perhaps we would like with the injuries and Colo’s [Fabricio Coloccini’s] suspension has probably compounded the issue.
“He’s [Cabaye] had one side of his groin done and that caused a potential weakness in the other side, so that needs to be done,” added Pardew.
“That will be done, I think, on Tuesday or Wednesday and he will probably be out for eight weeks.
“We are probably looking at 1 February for both him and Steven, so we might as well get the bad news out of the way, because that’s what it is, and just focus on what is important, and that’s what we have got left.”