Newcastle center-back, Mike Williamson, will captain Newcastle United against Atromitos tonight.
With Fabricio Coloccini injured, United manager Alan Pardew paired Steven Taylor with James Perch in the heart of his defence for last weekend’s Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.
Although Taylor has travelled with the squad, he isn’t expected to play, with the 26-year-old instead likely to be kept fresh for Stamford Bridge.
Coloccini stayed behind on Tyneside for further treatment on a thigh injury ahead of Saturday’s visit to Chelsea.
And Williamson will be handed the task of marshalling and organising a weakened Newcastle defence which is also likely to feature Ryan Taylor, James Tavernier and possibly a debut for Curtis Good in the first leg of the club’s Europa League qualifier.
“Williamson will be captain,” Pardew said.
“He was brilliant for me last season, and just missed out on Saturday. I had this game in mind for him, as I felt it would suit him better.
United last competed in Europe in the 2006/07 season, when they meekly bowed out on away goals at AZ Alkmaar at the Round of 16 stage despite taking a two-goal advantage to Holland.
Being given the armband tonight is a huge honour for the 26 year old, who was plying his trade in League Two for Wycombe Wanderers only three years ago.
Lets hope the lad can lead the young team to victory tonight in what will be an historic night for the mighty Toon.