Rafa Benitez is due to give his press conference today for the game at Norwich tomorrow and it’s likely that Daryl Janmaat is set to be fit for the game, which is a relegation 6 pointer in East Anglia.
Daryl came off in the second half of the Sunderland game with a knee problem, but after treatment at the club’s Benton training grounds he is expected to be fit for the important encounter.
But Fabricio Coloccini, who injured his calf in the warm-down after the game against Lillestrom on February 20th – six weeks ago – is still not fit and he didn’t even play in that game.
Daryl Janmaat – fit for Norwich game tomorrow
What a way to be injured and miss so many games in such an important time of the season for Newcastle.
Rob Elliot is out for at least six months after he picked up a serious ACL knee injury on Tuesday night playing for Ireland in a friendly game – and Karl Darlow will come in for only his second Premier League appearance ever.
Benitez does not have a regular left-back available either with both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara both injured again and Jack Colback is suspended for two games after picking up his 10th yellow card against Sunderland.
Moussa Sissoko could even be moved to left back to deputize.
Newcastle still have 11 players out injured – the most of any club in the Premier League at the moment and injuries are again starting to hit the team – as they have done in most seasons for at least the last decade.
The good news is that 20 year-old Kevin Mbabu is nearing fitness again from the thigh injury he picked up in mid-January, although it’s unlikely the former Liverpool and Naples manager will be relying on youngsters during the run-in.