John Carver admits he is frustrated at losing the Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini for three games, after his sending off at Everton last Sunday.
That was the second successive game in which a Newcastle player has been suspended for his actions, after Papiss Cisse is now out a massive seven games for spitting at Jonny Evans in the home game against the Red Devils.
Coloccini receiving his red card on Sunday
It’s a pity he didn’t just punch Jonny – because then he would have only received a four match ban for violent conduct.
But two of our best players have now managed to get themselves suspended, and Newcastle and John Carver have to get on with it, and we host an in-form Arsenal side on Saturday.
Newcastle appealed Colo’s sending off to the FA, but we were not successful as Colo had both feet off the ground when he made his stupid lunge at Aaron Lennon.
This is what a frustrated John Carver has said about the captain:
“He’s not that type of player. Every now and then, his head goes, but that’s football.” “We’re losing our captain for another derby game, and he has not played in many derby games lately.”
“There’s not much skin left on the bone (in the squad), to be quite honest.” “I’ve just said to Dave Watson, ‘get yourself sorted out, because you might have to make a comeback here!’”
“I’ll work with the guys I’ve got to work with, and if I need to reshuffle it, I will, and I’ll just deal with it.” “It’s down to me to work with the players we’ve got.”
“Nobody else can help – other than my staff, who are great – and we will work on it and have to look at different options now.”
“We’re down to the bare bones, but I’ll work with what I’ve got, because that’s my job and that’s what I get paid for.”
And if John never complains about the ridiculousness of the bare bones Newcastle squad he may even be given the job dull time in the summer, but it will not be because of his record, which is very poor with just 2 wins in 11 games in charge.
And it will be interesting to see what Newcastle’s back four is against Arsenal, with Daryl Janmaat being moved to center-back.
John Carver has Ryan Taylor, Jonas, Vurnon Anita and Lubo Satka who can play at right back.
Maybe Ryan will move over the right back and either Jonas or a fit Haidara can come in at left back.
But Newcastle are now down to the b are bones with all the injuries and suspensions we have picked up this year to players like Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Paul Dummett.
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