Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Quartet Must Sit It Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Quartet Must Sit It Out

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Byline: By Simon Rushworth

Sir Bobby Robson was forced to leave behind four key members of his first team squad last night after a bizarre chain of events threatened to disrupt Newcastle's vitally important trip to Belgrade.

First Hugo Viana was told to stay on Tyneside after the Portuguese midfielder pulled out of tomorrow's Champions League qualifier, as expected, with a troublesome back injury.

Transfer-listed Clarence Acuna was called up in his place only to reveal he was carrying an Achilles injury which immediately ruled the Chilean out of action for up to a fortnight.

As a consequence, Robson was forced to make an urgent call to teenage winger Darren Ambrose, but the England Under-21 international had already been told he would not be travelling and had left his mobile telephone at home.

And the news that Lomana LuaLua had not been issued with a visa in time to make yesterday's flight from Newcastle simply added to the weary United manager's woes.

"Apart from that we're fully fit and raring to go," joked Robson, who recalled Robbie Elliott at the last minute as midfield cover for the missing quartet.

"Hugo Viana is out and we're waiting to see just how serious the back injury is. I'd say it was a short-term problem and all it will require is a couple of days' rest, but he's been getting a few spasms and has had to miss training since Friday. It has spread to his buttocks, but we're hoping that's as far as it goes."

The Journal revealed yesterday that Viana was unlikely to make the trip after missing training on Saturday and there are fears that the Portuguese international may have damaged ligaments.

Acuna's injury is far less worrying but the South American would have relished the opportunity to get his Magpies' career back on track after appearing to have played his last game in a black-and-white shirt. …

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