Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has been ruled out for an expected eight weeks.

The Geordie Welsh international came on as sub at Crystal Palace and took a blow to the kneecap, as United finished the match 1-1.

Now the Shields Gazette say that the injury has proven to be worse than first thought and Dummett will be out until sometime in April.

Only at a club like Newcastle United under Mike Ashley, could squeezing the very last penny be taken to the lengths it was in January.

When the transfer window opened on January 3, United’s defensive options were Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Haidara and Streete, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa out on loan.

During the transfer window Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sold, while Davide Santon and Remie Streete were sent out on loan. Moves that will net Mike Ashley around £7m/£8m in transfer fees and saved wages up to the end of the season.

This ruthless strategy to bank every last penny saw not a single defender, or indeed any other player, brought in.

This left Newcastle with only five available defenders, which includes Mike Williamson who not many fans would choose to play.

In recent days newspapers have talked of a defensive crisis at Newcastle with only four fit defenders as though we’ve had loads of bad luck.

When you sell and loan out players and don’t bring anybody in, which leaves you with only five, it doesn’t take a genius to see that only one injury will leave you with only four!