John Carver assured fans in the lead up to today’s match that Mike Ashley hadn’t ordered him to play a weakened team.

The caretaker boss further assured fans that he would play his strongest team.

mike ashleyIn the event, Carver made seven changes to the team that started against Burnley.

Moussa Sissoko, Fabricio Coloccini, Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat – Newcastle’s five best players were all missing against Leicester in the starting eleven, along with Yoan Gouffran and the injured Steven Taylor.

The local press reported various injuries just before kick-off and while you could expect the odd player to be protected from games in quick succession – can it really be coincidence that our best five players were all not able to play?

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