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Xisco earns shock recall

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Forgotten man Xisco has come in from the cold after being recalled to the Newcastle squad for Thursday night's Europa League clash with Club Brugge.

The 26-year-old Spanish striker's arrival on Tyneside in a £5.7million switch from Deportivo la Coruna in September 2008, along with that of loan signing Nacho Gonzalez, proved the final straw for then manager Kevin Keegan, who walked out days later having had little to do with the signings.

But Xisco, who has spent much of his time at the club out on loan to Deportivo and Racing Santander and is in the final 12 months of his five-year deal, flew out to Belgium with the rest of the squad on Wednesday having scored a hat-trick for the Magpies' Under-21s team last month to catch the eye of manager Alan Pardew.

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Europa League
Nacho Gonzalez
Football
Premier League
Newcastle United
Xisco
Kevin Keegan

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