Toon Have Spent Three Days Training On Astroturf

06 March 2013 08:43
Alan Pardew says his players are ready for the astroturf in Moscow on Thursday.

Teenager Adam Campbell was among the 19 men who left Tyneside on Wednesday morning, as was French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who has not played since tearing a hamstring at Fulham on December 10.

Asked if the winger is finally ready to play a part, Pardew said: "He's travelled. At some point tomorrow, you will see him, hopefully."

The Newcastle party arrived in a wintry Moscow with their manager in particular in positive mood after three days training on the similar 4G pitch at Druid Park, home of Gosforth Rugby Football Club.

He said with a smile: "I'm looking forward to playing somewhere warmer than Newcastle, so that's one good thing.

"We have practised with the squad for three days on the surface and we will have a little experience of it tonight, so we have prepared ourselves.

"And we have got good technical players - you have to be very, very highly technical on an astroturf pitch, and we have technical players, and I will side with those tomorrow in this team."

Source: Newcastle United Mad