Newcastle United are very likely to be without both strikers Ob Martins and Damien Duff for tonight’s 2nd round Carling Cup tie at Coventry City.
Oba is out for at least 2 weeks with a groin injury and we doubt very much that Damien will be risked tonight after sustaining a knee injury. Both injuries were picked up in the win against Bolton on Saturday.
But match-winner Michael Owen is likely to start tonight and it could well be that Alan Smith will need to be drafted in to play up from with the Newcastle captain.
But no doubt the injury situation will already be worrying Keegan, because our squad right now isn’t big enough to deal with any sort of injury crisis whatsoever.
Quite honestly we are not too sure at all what out Newcastle team will be, with Kevin saying he will play his best available side. But we’d be surprised if a place wasn’t given to Steve Harper and Sebastien Bassong, Jose Enrique and maybe even David Edgar, otherwise when will they ever get a chance?
We think we can still field a strong side, and the following line up would also give a game to some of our fringe players while giving a rest to some senior players
Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique
Geremi Guthrie Butt Gutierrez
Substitutes: Given Edgar Coloccini Milner N’Zogbia Donaldson Zamblera
But don’t be surprised if Kevin plays more of the senior players in the starting line up.
Chris Coleman, the Coventry manager will also field an under-strength side in tonight’s Ricoh Arena, and he seems to have quite a few out injured himself.
We expect we can win the game tonight, and that would see us through to the next round, in a Cup we have the best chance of winning this season.
But we will not get very far if we don’t get more players into the squad before next Monday, that’s a certainty.
The next six days are starting to look critical for our season – far too critical for our liking.