Mon 20 May 2024, 11:30 · Ash Harrison

One suspicious absence as Newcastle United name their squad for upcoming Australian friendly

One suspicious absence as Newcastle United name their squad for upcoming Australian friendly
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Newcastle United saw off the challenge of Brentford in the final Premier League game of the season on Sunday and immediately boarded a flight to Australia.

The post-season friendly with Tottenham Hotspur to be played in Australia has gone down like a lead balloon with pundits and indeed, some of the players involved, but it's going ahead anyway.

Kick-off at Melbourne Cricket Ground will be on Wednesday morning at 10:45 BST (7:45pm local time) but as yet there's no indication of any live TV coverage. Then on Friday 24th May the Magpies face the A-League All Star Men at 8.15am BST (5:15pm local time).

Last night Newcastle United confirmed the squad of players that are making the trip with one player noticeably absent despite having been in the squad for Brentford.

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Have we seen the last of M-Dubz?

Eddie Howe named a 29-man squad for the Aussie trip

The club posted the squad list via their official site and it showed a good mix of first-team and second-string players with Australian international Garang Kuol involved and likely to have some involvement in his homeland.

Mark Gillespie, Aidan Harris, Nick Pope

Harrison Ashby, Dan Burn, Dylan Charlton, Paul Dummett, Lewis Hall, Emil Krafth, Alex Murphy, Ciaran Thompson, Kieran Trippier

Elliot Anderson, Lucas De Bolle, Bruno Guimarães, Travis Hernes, Joelinton, Jacob Murphy, Matt Ritchie, Ellis Stanton, Jay Turner-Cooke, Joe White

Miguel Almirón, Harvey Barnes, Amadou Diallo, Alexander Isak, Garang Kuol, Ben Parkinson, Callum Wilson


Where's Dubravka?

Of the three goalkeepers named, Martin Dubravka is not one of them even though he was on the bench at Brentford.

We're not yet sure why the Slovakian didn't make the trip. It surely can't be anything to do with internationals as there are a few players heading out for international competitions this summer who have made the journey.

Is it a subtle clue that Dubravka has played his last game for Newcastle? Only time will tell.