It looks like there will be a lot of changes for the cup match on Wednesday. Steve Bruce gave a bleak injury report this morning. While only Allan Saint-Maximin is out for any significant period, there are five players suffering knocks from the Tottenham match.
Assuming that Christian Atsu, Miguel Almiron, Joelinton, Jamaal Lascelles, and Fabian Schar will not be risked against Leicester City, this could be the team that Steve Bruce decides to field
We think Bruce will try to maintain as much continuity from the Tottenham game as possible, so we have kept the formation similar. Matt Ritchie will move to an inverted winger on the right. This is a position he has played for the bulk of his career. With limited options upfront, we have Rolando Aarons coming in on the right as he will be eligible to play in the cups.
We have Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield with Yoshinori Muto leading the line. There is really no other option than Muto as the lone striker. We thought about Bruce going back to the 3-5-2 and having Aarons playing off Muto, along with three in midfield but we really don’t want to see that formation again.
At the back, it is four changes with Willems, Fernandez, Clark, and Manquillo coming into the side. Martin Dubravka has kept his place in this lineup as Newcastle will need to keep the team as strong as possible.
This is not ideal, but with the press conference this morning, it looks like we will be fielding a drastically weakened side.
This is what we have as the substitutes. Fabian Schar has made the bench as emergency cover at the back. We also do expect to see Matty Longstaff at some point in the game. With the dearth of striker options, 18-year-old Yannick Toure, from the U23s, has made the bench.
Karl Darlow, Fabian Schar, Emil Krafth, Ki Sung-yueng, Matty Longstaff, Sean Longstaff, and Yannick Toure.