Newcastle among host of top flight sides to monitor crucial clash - report
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United will be among a host of top flight sides who will have scouts in attendance at Friday’s international clash between Austria and Serbia, according to a report.
Austrian publication Kleine Zeitung claim on their website that the Magpies will be watching the talent among a host of scouts at the crucial World Cup qualifying match.
The two sides are set to meet at Austria’s Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, with the home side looking to pick up a victory which would keep their slim hopes of earning a play off spot for next year’s finals.
The visitors meanwhile could secure automatic promotion as winners of group D with the three points, which would put them out of reach of second placed Wales.
The Magpies are said to be in attendance alongside scouts from top flight sides such as Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, while there will reportedly be representatives from Newcastle’s English rivals Everton, Brighton and Southampton.
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One man who will not be scouted but may be closely monitored by the club is striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is set to lead the line for Serbia despite not having appeared for Newcastle since their 3-0 victory over West Ham in September.
He received a subsequent three match ban for violent conduct and despite returning to availability against Liverpool on Sunday, he was completely snubbed from the match day squad by boss Rafael Benitez.
In other Newcastle United news, a first team star was taken to hospital after suffering a broken bone in training.