Newcastle United duo who played v Manchester United ineligible for Borussia Dortmund clash

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Newcastle United are set to be without 11 players for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Manchester United.

Newcastle United’s matchday squad will have an even more depleted look about it for the Champions League clash away to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening (kick-off 5:45pm).

The Magpies were without Alexander Isak, Sven Botman, Elliot Anderson, Matt Targett, Harvey Barnes, Javier Manquillo and Sandro Tonali for Saturday’s 1-0 win against Arsenal in the Premier League, while Jacob Murphy and Dan Burn also went off injured in the same game.

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None of the aforementioned players are expected to return for the trip to Germany. And unfortunately for head coach Eddie Howe, he is unable to name Emil Krafth and Matt Ritchie on the bench.

Matt Ritchie and Emil Krafth of Newcastle United arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on November 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Matt Ritchie and Emil Krafth of Newcastle United arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on November 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Matt Ritchie and Emil Krafth of Newcastle United arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on November 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) | Getty Images

In the Champions League, 17 players can be named in the squad without any restrictions. Then, in order to name more players in their squad, clubs must include up to eight further homegrown players.

Of the eight homegrown players, at least four must be club-trained in order to name a full squad of 25. If a club is unable to fill the homegrown or club-trained player quotas, their squad sizes will be reduced accordingly.

While players born on or before January 1, 2002 do not need to be included in the 25-man squad, they do need to be included on the ‘B List’. Players such as Elliot Anderson and Lewis Miley fall into this category having played for United for an uninterrupted period of at least two years or three years including a one-year loan spell.

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An unlimited number of players can be named on ‘B List’ and they can be submitted by midnight the day before a match in order for players to be eligible to play.

The Magpies only have three club-trained first-team players in Elliot Anderson, Sean Longstaff and Paul Dummett, meaning they could only name a ‘List A’ squad of up to 24 players, or 23 players with Anderson named in ‘List B’.

As a result, Krafth, Ritchie, Javier Manquillo and Mark Gillespie were left out of the squad when submitted in August.

Both Krafth and Ritchie played 90 minutes as Newcastle knocked Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup last week. Ritchie then came on as a substitute against Arsenal for the remaining 10 minutes. Krafth was an unused sub.

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