We will assume Andros Townsend is out today along with Cheick Tiote, Chancel Mbemba and Fab Coloccini for a game that Newcastle must win if we are to have any chance of saving ourselves this season from another relegation, which would be the second one in seven years.
It just shows you the problems at the club when Andros Townsend, one of our top signings last month, has picked up a hamstring injury in training just before the Stoke game.
Andros missed the game on Wednesday night and will likely miss this game today – so what do they do in training to pick up all these injuries?
Seydou Doumbia – give him a start
Steve McClaren yesterday said they were looking into the injury problem, which has been a problem at Newcastle for at least ten years.
McClaren said that Yoan Gouffran is unlikely to play today because we want to win this game – presumably we didn´t want to win at Stoke (?) – so we expect Ayoze Perez or Rolando Aarons to come in on the left wing.
And since we need goals and we liked the look of Seydou Doumbia on Wednesday night for the few minutes he was on and nearly scored in stoppage time – we´ll take a chance at starting him today, although we doubt McClaren will.
So here´s the side that could start and today and get us all 3 points against Bournemouth today with Jonjo Shelvey again the captain:
Janmaat Taylor Lascelles Dummett
Sissoko Colback Shelvey (c) Perez
Subs: Darlow Sterry Saivet de Jong Aarons Gouffran Mitrovic
What would your team be for today?