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Newcastle boss Keegan cools Smith sales talk

Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan insists he's not seeking to sell striker Alan Smith.

Keegan left the combative striker out of his squad for the friendly against Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.

That sparked speculation the England international would soon be heading for the St James' Park exit door.

However, Keegan insists that he was merely resting Smith and has no plans to sell the former Manchester United forward.

"With Alan - he's got a sore ankle," he said.

"I haven't risked anyone in this game and I knew when I left him out it would cause questions, but he's got a sore ankle and I can't treat him any different to anybody else.

"You saw me bringing players off every time they get a knock.

"Every time the doctors or the physios come to me and say, 'Habib Beye - 50 minutes is enough', I've stuck with that.

"I haven't risked anybody, which I think is right and it's given me a chance to give some other people a bit of time."

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