Newcastle have picked up four injuries in our last two games to Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden and Vernon Anita.
Mitro should be back in a couple of weeks, Gayle in two to three weeks, Isaac in about a week, but unlucky Vurnon Anita is out for two to three months with his ankle injury.
Unfortunately Vurnon has suffered ligament damage.
Vurnon Anita – has picked up ankle ligament damage
The other injuries we currently have are to Rolando Aarons (out for the season with his ACL knee injury) and Jesus Gamez who is almost fit from his shoulder injury.
Returning loan players Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Jamie Sterry are all cup-tied and Chancel Mbemba, Mo Diame and Cristian Atsu are off at the Africa Cup of Nations.
So Newcastle are struggling to put out a team against Birmingham City tomorrow night in the FA Cup 3rd round replay with 12 first team players not available.
In-form goalkeeper Darlow still thinks we can cope with all those players missing as the 26 year-old has been interviewed in the local papers today as reported in the Chronicle:
“Obviously Dwight’s a massive player for us and has been fantastic,”
“To see him go off was tough on us, but Murph came on and scored the winner – which was excellent.”
“He’s trained very hard behind the scenes and is a great player.”
“I think it’s been spoken about a lot that we’ve got a great squad,”
“Whoever comes in and replaces the other one has just as much quality.”
“The lads on the bench are obviously keen to play, and when they get their chance they have to take it.”
“Murph scored the winner, which was fantastic.”
For the tie at Birmingham City a week last Saturday Rafa made eight changes and he’s likely to give some fringe players a game tomorrow night too.
But it looks like a few players will also be needed for the game against Rotherham United on Saturday.
The good news is that Jonjo Shelvey will return after serving his five game suspension.
It would be great if we can win these next two games with the depleted squad.
What do you think?