UEFA Champions League regulations rule six Newcastle United players out of PSG clash

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe could struggle to name a bench due to UEFA Champions League regulations.
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Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe could struggle to name a bench for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain (kick-off 8pm).

The Magpies were without 13 senior players for the 4-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday, where Howe named a depleted nine-man bench consisting of three goalkeepers, four under-21s players, plus the experienced duo of Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett.

But in yet another selection blow for United, four of those players will be forced to drop out of the matchday squad in Paris due to UEFA Champions League regulations.

Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United, embraces Matt Ritchie following the team's victory during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United, embraces Matt Ritchie following the team's victory during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United, embraces Matt Ritchie following the team's victory during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/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 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’. However, to be eligible, they must have played for the club for an uninterrupted period of at least two years or three years including a one-year loan spell.

Lewis Miley falls into this category but Alex Murphy and Amadou Diallo, who made their Premier League debuts at the weekend, do not having only joined the club's academy last year from Galway United and West Ham United, respectively.

Newcastle United young defender Alex Murphy. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Premier League)Newcastle United young defender Alex Murphy. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Premier League)
Newcastle United young defender Alex Murphy. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Premier League)

Howe, however, is free to call up Ben Parkinson and Michael Ndiweni again. And Lucas de Bolle could also come back into the squad after making the trip to Borussia Dortmund last time out.

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.

Further to the above, Newcastle 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 Elliot Anderson named in ‘List B’.

As a result, Emil Krafth, Matt Ritchie, Javier Manquillo and Mark Gillespie were left out of the squad when submitted in August and therefore cannot play in the Champion League.

Krafth missed the win over Chelsea through illness but would have been well enough for the visit to France. Meanwhile, Ritchie and Gillespie were on the bench on Saturday. Manquillo is also injured.

UEFA rules permit clubs to name 12 substitutes but it's very unlikely Newcastle will reach that number when the teammate lands at the Parc des Princes.