The news after yesterday’s press conference from Alan Pardew was all about Newcastle’s long injury list, and we have a number of players who did not travel to Burnley, and Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback are suspended for the game.
Massadio Haidara – doubtful for tonight
The other bad news we heard yesterday is that Tim Krul will be out until January, and he’ll miss at least nine games with an injury he picked up in training to his ankle ligaments last Thursday.
Rolando Aarons is also out with that hamstring injury he also picked up in training, and we have knocks to three players who played on Saturday in the 1-0 loss at Upton Park – Janmaat, Williamson and Haidara.
Mehdi Abeid could be ready for tonight, and he traveled with the squad, so assuming all four players are available this could be the starting line-up in a 4-3-3 formation:
Janmaat Williamson Dummett Haidara
Anita Tiote (c) Abeid
Ameobi Ayoze Cabella
Subs: Alnwick Satka Taylor (S) Gouffran Armstrong Cisse Riviere
What would your line-up be for tonight’s game?
If Janmaat cannot play then young 19 year-old Slovenian Lubomir Satka could make his debut at right back, and he looked good in that position in pre-season.
Satka’s 19th birthday is today.
Steven Taylor will come in for Williamson if he cannot make it, and of Haidara doesn’t make it then Dummett will switch to left back and in will come Steven Taylor in the middle.
But it is again a very patched up side playing in a game that at least on paper we should be winning.
And then comes Chelsea at home on Saturday, where we should have players like Colo back.
With Tim Krul out for at least the next 9 games, we could be in trouble if Rob Elliot is inured this month, with the untested 21 year-old Jak Alnwick next in line, and he’s never played a competitive game for the Magpies.
It shows we don’t really have enough cover this season at the goalkeeper position.
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