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The Magpies are currently due to play two games inside 48 hours on the second weekend of the season due to Europa League commitments but a solution may have been found

Newcastle have been given hope by Uefa as they aim to avoid playing a Europa League and Premier League fixture within 48 hours of each other.

Alan Pardew's men were scheduled to have the first leg of their Europa League play-off on August 23, which is only two days before their domestic game away to Chelsea.

The Magpies were knocked back in their first two attempts to get both fixtures moved, firstly by the Metropolitan Police as the Notting Hill Carnival is due to start on the Sunday and secondly when Uefa refused to move the European game to Wednesday.

But the governing body has revealed that it could agree a new fixture day once the draw, which is to be held on August 10, has been completed.

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"In principle, Uefa is not in a position to change the requested fixture from Thursday to Wednesday or Tuesday," a spokesman told Sky Sports.

"However, after the draw ceremony for the play-offs, if the opponent agrees to reschedule the match date to the Tuesday, August 21 before 18:30CET, the Uefa administration will be open to consider the request.

"Written approval is required from the opponent club as well as the respective national associations of both teams.

"Please note that should Newcastle be drawn to play the match on August 23 and the opponent does not agree to change the match date, the match will be maintained as such."

A player keen to feature in those games is Steven Taylor, who missed the second half of last season due to a ruptured Achilles. The 26-year-old is set to join up with this team-mates for pre-season training and admitted that he is raring to go.

He told the club's official website: "That's going to be the best thing. I have missed the banter, I have missed being in amongst the lads and training with them.

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"I just can't wait to get back. It's going to feel like a little kid in a sweet shop."

Taylor could be back before the Europa League match as he has targeted their opening game of the season on August 18 against Tottenham for his first-team return.

He added: "That first game of the season, for me, is the most important thing. That's all I am gearing up for now. I just can't wait to get started again and finish off where I left off.

"Hopefully this club is going places. Last year, we proved a lot of people wrong and hopefully we will do that again this year."

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