Newcastle United suffer double injury blow at Villa Park
ALAN PARDEW watched on from the stands at Villa Park last night as his Newcastle United squad was ravaged further through injuries.
Both Haris Vuckic, who left the second city on crutches after a serious knee injury, and Dan Gosling, who suffered a knee problem, meant the 2-1 win over Aston Villa was marred in the Professional Development League.
Vuckic was heard screaming as he went down injured following an injury that is likely to rule him out for months after a heavy challenge.
The Slovenian spent the end of last season on the treatment table but made his return in pre-season and scored his first senior goal in the Europa League against Atromitos.
Gosling's injury will also be assessed but the former Everton man has suffered nothing but bad luck since arriving from Goodison Park.
It meant that goals from Adam Campbell and Mehdi Abeid during the win were overshadowed by other events.
United grabbed the lead through Campbell on 57 minutes but Mark Burke levelled for Villa.
But it was Abeid who drilled home a late winner from the edge of the box to win the game for the Magpies.
The evening also saw Spanish striker Xisco make his comeback in Newcastle colours.
And the man who cost United £5.5million played 57 minutes during the victory for Willie Donachie's men.
Whether injuries to Gosling and Vuckic tonight will move him up the pecking order remains to be seen.
UNITED: Alnwick, Newton, Tavernier, Satka, Riley, Campbell, Abeid, Gosling, Amalfitano, Vuckic, Xisco.