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Taylor back in Newcastle starting line-up

Newcastle United have announced their starting XI for today's Premier League match at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Defender Ryan Taylor will start his first league match for 32 months after recovering from two serious knee injuries. His last Premier League game came against Sunderland on 4 Match 2012.

Newcastle hit by injuries ahead of QPR clash

Newcastle United will be missing several first team players for the game against Queen Park Rangers at St James' Park on Saturday.

Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini is sidelined with a calf injury. Midfielders Rolando Aarons, Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid have all been ruled out. While defender Steven Taylor is doubtful after suffering a knee problem.

Speaking ahead of the game, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said Paul Dummett will come into the side in place of Coloccini.

Newcastle striker Campbell joins Hartlepool on loan

Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell has joined Hartlepool United on loan Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell has joined fellow North East side Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal.

The 19-year-old, a product of the renowned Wallsend Boys Club, made his competitive debut for the Magpies against Greek side Atromitos in the Europa League in 2012. He has since had several other loan spells at Carlisle United, St Mirren and Fleetwood Town.

Campbell has been handed the number 29 shirt and could make his Pools debut against York City on Saturday.

Young footballers visit WW1 graves to commemorate Christmas Day truce

Young footballers from Newcastle United and Sunderland visited the mass First World War graves in Belgium to learn about the lives of soldiers.

They were there to play football against other under-12 Premier League sides in a special commemorative tournament.

The event was inspired by the famous Christmas Day truce, 100 years ago, when rival soldiers put their weapons aside to play football for one day.

Jonny Blair reports from Ypres, Belgium.

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Remembering the WW1 Christmas truce

Young footballers from Sunderland and Newcastle have just returned from what was, in their own words, the trip of a lifetime.

They were playing in Belgium to mark the centenary of The Great War with other under-12 sides from The Premier League for The Christmas Truce National Tournament.

Held in Ypres, the site of many battles and, now, countless war graves, the three day trip was about testing their football skills but, more importantly, opening their eyes to the horrors of The First World War.

Our reporter Jonny Blair was given full access to the teams and tournament.

Young footballers commemorate WWI Christmas Truce match

Troops met in no-man's land to play football on Christmas Day 1914 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Young footballers from Sunderland and Newcastle taken part in a special tournament in Belgium marking the centenary of World War One. They joined 18 other Premier League sides in Ypres. As well as playing football, they visited historic sites to learn about the horrors of The Great War.

Sunderland Under 12 players took part Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Christmas Truce Tournament was inspired by Christmas Day, 1914, when British and German soldiers met in no-man's land and bonded through playing football.

Newcastle Under 12 players took part Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

20 under 12s Premier League Teams took part. The tournament was eventually won by Chelsea who, along with runners up Liverpool, will return for the European version of the event in December.

However, it was really all about learning the history and effects of The Great War. Young players visited War Graves at Tyne Cot Cemetery and attended a service at the Menin Gate memorial.

Young footballers laid wreaths at the Menin Gate Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
They visited War Graves laying wreaths Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
One of the sites where a Christmas football match took place, 1914 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Christmas Day football matches took place in several locations in no-man's land Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Gutierrez recovery 'massive news' for Newcastle

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says Jonas Gutierrez' recovery from testicular cancer is 'massive news' for everyone at the club.

The 31-year-old revealed this week that doctors in Argentina have discharged him from hospital and that he has been given the all-clear after being diagnosed with the illness in 2013.

Pardew also revealed that Gutierrez could be back on Tyneside within a month. Speaking ahead of Newcastle's Premier League clash with West Brom on Sunday, he said:

Well it's massive news for the squad because he's a much-loved figure here.

We had a response from his surgeon to say that in about a month's time he can cope with professional training.

He's in great shape, Colo [Fabricio Coloccini] tells me he's in good form and we're looking forward to seeing him.

– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager
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