Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woodgate Boosts Magpies

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woodgate Boosts Magpies

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Midfielder Kieron Dyer will be the main absentee when Newcastle take on Valerenga at St James' Park tonight.

The England international is sidelined with a hamstring injury for the UEFA Cup third round, second leg tie.

But Middlesbrough-born defender Jonathan Woodgate seems almost certain to start after missing the last three games with a troublesome groin injury.

Captain Alan Shearer is likely to regain his place after feeling aggrieved at missing the 1-1 draw against the Norwegians in Oslo last Thursday.

Winger Laurent Robert is also in line for a recall, having been rested for the first leg.

It means boss Sir Bobby Robson will be forced to field three left-footed midfielders for the match (live on BBC Three from 7.30pm).

Hugo Viana and Gary Speed are likely to form the central partnership, with Jermaine Jenas replacing the injured Darren Ambrose (knee) on the right.

LIVERPOOL take a 2-0 lead into their return UEFA Cup tie against Levski Sofia in Bulgaria (live on Channel 5 from 7pm). …

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