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Pair did not play in defeat to Stoke City through injury

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is set to question Leon Best and Stephen Ireland after they were photographed in a nightclub on the eve of Saturday's defeat at Stoke City.

The duo, who both missed the 4-0 loss through injury, were shown displaying their torsos in images on the Facebook page of Newcastle's Tup Tup Palace nightclub.

Pardew, who now faces a relegation battle with the Magpies, is not impressed with the players' antics.

He was quoted as saying by The Sun: "This is a situation I will have to look at. Certainly, it is not ideal on the eve of a match, even if you are not playing."

Ireland is currently on loan from Aston Villa, while Best has been given regular opportunities since the departure of Andy Carroll in January.

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