Newcastle set to play friendly against Lillestrom in Spain

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Newcastle United have arranged a friendly against Lillestrom in Spain, according to the Norwegian club.

Steve McClaren's side have an 18-day wait for their next game after Saturday's match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

And one-time Intertoto Cup opponents Lillestrom have revealed that they have arranged a fixture against Newcastle in La Manga on February 20.

It would suggest that McClaren, the club's head coach, plans to take his players away for some warm-weather training next week ahead of the proposed fixture.

United, however, made made no comment.

Newcastle met Lillestrom in a two-legged Intertoto Cup tie in July 2006. The club won 4-1 on aggregate to qualify for the UEFA Cup.

Mid-season breaks have proved controversial in the past.

Last season then-head coach John Carver took the club's squad to Dubai during a break in the fixture list.

Defending the trip, Carver said: "People will be putting two and two together and thinking it's a jolly, but let me tell you it's no jolly-up.

“There will be curfews and I will treat the players with respect but if anyone oversteps the mark or breaks the curfew then they will be fined."

Sam Allardyce is taking 18th-placed Sunderland to Dubai next week for a training camp.