Anybody hoping for better news on the injury front has been given a stark message by John Carver.

The Newcastle Head Coach says that only one player has any chance of getting back into first action in the near future.

The one small ray of sunshine is Mehdi Abeid, the Algerian midfielder having now returned to training after his thigh injury.

John Carver telling the Shields Gazette:

“There is no sign of anyone coming back in the near future other than Mehdi.”

Obviously the bottom line is that at least for the Sunderland match a week on Sunday, it will be basically a case of relying on the same players who were available against Arsenal.

Fingers crossed that Abeid does come through his return to training ok, because it must be a no-brainer that John Carver will find a place for him ahead of the likes of Vurnon Anita or indeed any number of others.

It has been a confused picture as to when players are due back from injury, with seemingly John Carver given the job of generally trying to portray positive news, with players said to be back shortly and good news as such and such is set to begin training again.

With fans understandably gutted that yet another second half of a season has been left to rot, whether Carver is sent out to tell it as it is or present a more positive picture, we all know the reality is that Newcastle’s squad is far too small and also lacking in quality.

Our recent fan vote on which players in the senior 25 man squad (they could only name 23 in January which included Steven Taylor who was already ruled out for the season and the elusive Facundo Ferreyra)should be kept for next season, laid bare the absence of both quantity and quality. Go HERE to read those fan results.

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