In the last two games Newcastle have picked up four injuries while hardly picking up any injuries at all this season in our games.
We have lost Aleksandar Mitrovic (knee), Dwight Gayle (hamstring), Isaac Hayden (groin) and Vurnon Anita (ankle) with Mitro out from two to four weeks and we still don’t have a prognosis on the three players injured yesterday.
The good news is that we have Jonjo Shelvey coming back on Wednesday night against Birmingham City in the FA Cup replay, from his five game suspension and Jonjo should be able set up the chances.
We just need somebody to put those chances in the back of the net.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline at Griffin Park
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle when asked if the latest injuries at the club will force him to move in the transfer market:
“We are working on that, we will see what we can do.” “The ideal situation would be to get the right players, not just to get players.”
“We are working on that and seeing if we can do something or not this week.” “At the moment I think we have to wait and speak to the doctors.”
“I will speak to my people and we will decide, but we have to analyse where we are and see what we can do.”
“We have to analyse all the options because obviously we have lost some players.”
“Sammy Ameobi and Jamie Sterry cannot play in the cup, so we need to analyse the options.”
“He may have to play. Or I may have to play.”
At the moment we have Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez and maybe Yoan Gouffran who are players who can play up front as the lone striker, if Rafa plays in his usual 4-2-3-1 formation.
We would expect Daryl and Ayoze to start the game against Birmingham City with Perez again playing in the number 10 position in a team much changed from Saturday’s starting eleven at Griffin Park.
We play bottom of the table Rotherham United on Saturday and they beat a 10 man Norwich side 2-1 at home last Saturday for their fourth win of the season.
But no game is easy in the Championship – we have found that out – and we remember the Millers gave us a very tough game at the New York Stadium and we scraped through to win it 1-0.