Chancel Mbemba, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback are all out for tomorrow’s game against West Brom tomorrow afternoon – and we will not know until next week how long Chancel Mbemba will be out with his ankle injury.
And it’s just anybody’s guess who will play left-back tomorrow, although it will probably be winger Rolando Aarons.
And Newcastle are so short of players that McClaren has had to draft in three U21 players for the squad.
Steve McClaren at his press conference today
That’s just a shocking state of affairs to be in and again reflects on Newcastle’s squad being far too small and the club just doesn’t think through things like injuries and suspensions – as they let players leave the club.
The exact same thing happened last year and it’s unacceptable that Newcastle are in this predicament a few days after the January transfer window closed.
It’s happened before but not when we are in dire danger of being relegated.
These are the initial comments coming from McClaren at his press conference this afternoon:
“We have got talent but we have to be more consistent. We also need attitude, character and to hold our nerve.”
“Tomorrow is a big game and 50,000 Geordies will demand a performance of attitude, character and football.”
“It may be asking too much of Seydou to start tomorrow but we hope he will feature at some stage.”
“At the last count we had 12 out and one suspension, so we’ve drafted in three under-21 players for tomorrow.”
“Chancel had had one scan and is getting a second opinion. By the middle of next week we should have the diagnosis.”
“Steven Taylor is a true Geordie who wears his heart on his sleeve and we need that type of character tomorrow.”
It will be a huge blow if Cancel is out for any length of time.
And we just shudder in case the brilliant Rob Elliot gets injured because if he is out, we don’t see any plan in place from Newcastle other than to play the inexperienced Karl Darlow in goal.
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