Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has warned his team-mates they cannot expect to start every game as they attempt to cope with a gruelling schedule ahead of Thursday night's Europa League clash with Maritimo.
Striker Demba Ba was clearly unhappy to be named among the substitutes for Monday night's draw at Everton, in which he came off the bench to score both his side's goals, while his agent added fuel to the fire when he hinted that the Senegal international might have to look elsewhere if that were to be repeated.
And Harper, 37, admitted players will have to get used to that as the season progresses, as he said: "Yes, especially given the volume of games we have. Sometimes the manager will leave people out for their own benefit to keep them fresh and give them a little rest."
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