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Parker still in with a chance.

Byline: By Alan Oliver

Scott Parker "has a chance" of being fit for Newcastle United's UEFA Cup first-round, first-leg tie with Levadia in Estonia on Thursday night, (writes Alan Oliver).

That was the best bit of news coming out of the United training ground today as Glenn Roeder tries to lift his side after they handed Fulham the three points on Saturday.

Roeder, who had to counsel Parker after the United skipper was involved in the accidental challenge which led to Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard dislocating his knee cap, said today: "Scott will be OK in a few days and he has got a chance of playing on Thursday night in Tallinn.

"If not, he will be OK for West Ham next Sunday because he will be desperate to play in that one."

Roeder refused to marry the fact that both Fulham's goals on Saturday came after Parker was substituted and sitting in the dug out with an ice pack on his injury.

Added the United boss: "Scott had an awful bang on his leg and he had to come off, but it would be a weak excuse from me if I was to say that was the reason we lost.

"One individual lost his concentration and one player lost his balance.

"Nicky Butt came on and this had nothing to do with what happened in the last 10 minutes."

Apart from Parker, Roeder will give checks to Steven Taylor (foot) and Celestine Babayaro (hamstring) before the United party fly out of Newcastle airport tomorrow afternoon for their first visit to Estonia.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2006
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