Barca to blood youngsters
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 18-year-old is one of a number of youth products included in the party to travel to England, whilst long-term injury victims Carles Puyol and Gerard will also make the trip.
Along with Valdes, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Garcia, Nano and Oleguer are all in the Barca party.
Puyol will not feature against The Magpies as he has yet to regain full fitness, but the Spanish international asked to make the trip with the rest of his team-mates.
Gerard looks set to be handed a spot on the bench, and is likely to be given a second-half run-out by coach Raddy Antic.
The Catalans' most high-profile absentee will be Argentine hit-man Javier Saviola who is struggling with various injury niggles.
Barca have already qualified for the quarter final stages of the competition, and Newcastle will be hoping to capitalise on what could be an experimental line-up from Serbian coach, Antic.