Interim coach John Carver had it right on Thursday when at his news conference he said there are only 15 senior players fit for the game today at home to Arsenal, so at least there will not be any selection problems.
Colo is suspended for three games and Papiss Cisse is still out for another six games and Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara are all out injured.
This is the side we think John Carver will put out today against the Gunners in a 4-2-3-1 formation:
Taylor (R) Janmaat Williamson Jonas
Sissoko (c) Colback
Cabella Perez Ameobi
Subs: Elliot Satka Anita Gouffran Kemen Armstrong Obertan
Both Perez and Riviere start with Perez in the number 10 role for today’s game.
We have young Olivier Kemen on the bench – so it’s an opportunity for the young Frenchman to get experience of being part of the first team squad.
We are really down to the bare bones in the squad and three of the back four players are playing out of position.
That’s not good against such a good creative attacking side like the Gunners, who are currently in form having won their last five league games.
What’s your best Newcastle team for today’s game?