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Pardew expecting Tiote and Coloccini to face Manchester United in League Cup clash

The Magpies boss believes the pair are integral to any plans that he has for the club this season and he intends to name a strong squad for their cup tie at Old Trafford

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he intends to select a strong-looking starting line-up for their League Cup game against Manchester United, with Cheikh Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini both in line to return to the side.

The combative 26-year-old midfielder has been out with a calf complaint for the past two weeks and Pardew believes that the side has sorely missed Tiote's energy in the middle of the park this term.

"It is difficult to sum up in words. They are a huge presence for the team and some of our rhythm is gained by having someone like Cheikh in the side," Pardew told reporters.

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"He can put the opposition on the back foot. He brings a level to training that a few more players could do in my experience.

"He is very important to us. There is no doubt in my mind, if he is fit, he plays."

Meanwhile, Coloccini has been out with a hamstring strain and Pardew believes his sheer presence has a positive effect on the rest of his squad.

"Fabricio’s influence in the dressing room is so calming. He gives us an assurance and I think we have missed that," he added.

"I could not have asked for more from the centre-backs in his absence but it is just nice having him back.

"Obviously, as a manager, you are going to protect players for competitions you think are more important to grow as a club and we are trying to grow here.

"I know one thing, the team I put out will have to be able to win."

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