It looks like Paul Dummett may even be able to play on Saturday against West Brom according to the local papers, in a game where we also have Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson suspended, but we should hear more of that in John Carver’s press conference tomorrow.
Paul Dummett – touch and go for Saturday
Paul picked up a hamstring injury at Leicester, and they are not easy things to get over quickly.
It’s always risky to bring somebody back from a hamstring injury too early, as we have found out with Rolando Aarons who played his first match last night in six months after suffering hamstring problems.
But if Paul is played – and we have very little other options at center-back other than to play 19 year-old 6 ft 2 ins Lubo Satka there, it could mean his hamstring goes during the game or he pulls it again and really is out for the season.
If Remi Streete hadn’t been sent up to Rangers in January, he could have possibly played, but he’s still injured at the moment.
West Brom are maybe the worst team we can play against without any height and experience in defense, because manager Tony Pulis will make the most of it – you can bet on that.
But we know we’ve been short of center-backs all season and didn’t correct the problem in January, so in that way it’s our own fault.
We’ll also get a fitness report on Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong and Papiss Cisse, who has now served his seven game ban for spitting at Jonny Evans on 4th March – so he’s been out for four months.
Hos absence has cost Newcastle some goals and some points too.