We now have a decent idea of Newcastle´s injury situation and after only two months of the season it´s already pretty bad and the worst one (again) in the Premier League.
For the home game tomorrow against Norwich we have Krul, Taylor, Mbabu, Aarons, Obertan, Darlow, Riviere, Good and Marveaux not available.
Janmaat, Colback, Cisse, Tiote, Haidara and Dummett are available so we are at least covered at the left back spot.
Cheick Tiote – could start tomorrow
It´s going to be a difficult team choice for Steve McClaren after the last game – a very good performance in the first half at Manchester City followed by a complete collapse in the first 20 minutes of the second half when we conceded five goals.
Rob Elliot will be in goal and Freddie Woodman will be on the bench after Tim´s terrible season-ending injury a week ago playing for the Netherlands at Kazakhstan.
Here´s the team Steve McClaren could put out tomorrow in a game we really have to win given our current plight at the bottom of the league table.
We expect the team to play in a 4-4-2 formation.
Janmaat Coloccini (c) Mbemba Haidara
Wijnaldum Tiote Colback Sissoko
Subs: Woodman Dummett Lascelles Anita de Jong Thauvin Cisse
What would your team be for tomorrow?
We have Haidara starting at left back and Dummett on the bench simply because Sadio has played some games this season and Paul is short of match practice.
We also have Tiote in for Anita to see if the experienced Ivorian can add some bite and consistency to central midfield.
On paper that looks like a strong side and the bench isn´t bad either, but we have a strange team at Newcastle at the moment and they can be very good one minute and then hopeless the next.
Consistency is what we lack and we are looking for the good side to turn up for the whole game tomorrow.
If that happens we could even get our first win of the season and only our second win in the last 20 games.