With the season ending five weeks on Sunday and there still being eight games to play, any injuries now will likely mean the players will miss quite a few games.
Some bad news on the injury front for Newcastle is that the injuries to both Daryl Murphy and Ciaran Clark are worse than first feared.
The two Irish Internationals will now miss at least the next two games – at home the Wigan on Saturday and at home to Burton Albion on Wednesday night.
Ciaran Clark – will miss at least next two games
Whether they will be fit for the tough game at Sheffield Wednesday a week on Saturday in the late kick-off game is unclear, but we’d be surprised if they make that game.
Ciaran suffered a medial ligament injury when he had to leave the game against Fulham and Daryl has a chronic calf injury.
That has caused the Irish striker some trouble in the past and we’re not sure how long that could keep him out of the side.
We do have Dwight Gayle back and he is getting more match fit the more games he plays, so he can start the next two game s- all being well.
Newcastle also have Grant Hanley fit and he can deputize for Ciaran, whose knee injury is unfortunately worse than first thought.
Ciaran has been one of our best players this season; it’s important that both players do not miss too many games during the run-in.
Here’s the state of things at the top of the Championship at the moment.
The next two games against two bottom four clubs should in theory be (easy) home wins for Newcastle, but we have had some shocks this season – especially at home – so they are by no means home bankers.
But if we do slip up against any of these sides – that could affect our automatic promotion hopes.
We must not slip up in our next two games!