Welcome to today’s live match blog as Newcastle head to Deepdale to take on Preston in the second of their six pre-season friendlies.
It’s another chance for manager Rafa Benitez to see his squad in action after a two month break, as he looks to assess which players will play a part in the Magpies’ first season back in the Premier League.
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New signings Florian Lejeune , Jacob Murphy and Javi Manquillo could all feature, while a host of returning loan stars will be handed their chance to force their way into Benitez’s plans this term.
The Magpies have a huge squad to choose from, and Benitez will be keen to give as many players as possible a run-out in Lancashire.
We’ll bring you all the action as it happens from Preston, with our men Lee Ryder, Chris Waugh and Lewis Arnold all at the ground.