Last Updated: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 08:22
Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and James Perch have been added to Newcastle's injury list and will miss the European game with Club Brugge.
The trio picked up knocks against Liverpool at the weekend and even though Cabaye has travelled to Belgium with the rest of the squad, he is unlikely to figure in the Europa League clash.
Danny Simpson, Jonas Gutierrez and Hatem Ben Arfa have all stayed behind but there will be some experience and quality in the side as both Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Colocinni are in line to start.
Pardew is hoping to seal their passage through to the last 32 but knows it will be tough with so many key players missing.
"This is an opportunity to get the qualification sorted, and that's what we want to do," he told reporters.
"But it's easier said than done because we're all aware of Brugge's qualities after the first game and we're carrying three more big injuries after the trip to Liverpool at the weekend.
"Cabaye, Perch and Demba definitely won't play, so that's three big players that are out of the equation before we've got on the plane. That doesn't give me a lot of options to rest players or shuffle the team around.
"The squad is really being stretched at the moment, and there's no doubt that events at Anfield at the weekend have hurt us."
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