Looking at his defensive ‘options’ for Saturday, John Carver says that against West Brom he expects to have to find three alternatives in his back four.

The Newcastle Head coach revealing that as well as the suspended Williamson and Janmaat, Paul Dummett is likely to be out with a hamstring injury, after being thrown into the Leicester match without a single appearance for the reserves or behind closed doors friendlies.

Rumours this morning even suggested that Ryan Taylor was being tried out as a possible emergency centre-back to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini.

Other options to play in the back four are Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez and Jack Colback.

Up until now there has been no apparent desire to feature 19 year olds Lubomir Satka and Jamie Sterry. While the circumstances may not be ideal, other clubs don’t appear to have this overwhelming reluctance to give younger reserve players their chance.

John Carver also gave Mike Williamson what appears to be the most limited vote of confidence you could wish to see:

“I would consider Mike Williamson for the last game of the season because I have to, he is a professional footballer for this club.

“Just look at the situation for next week (West Brom), we have two more players (Janmaat and Williamson) suspended now, while Paul Dummett could also be out with a hamstring problem.

“So there are three of the back four (v Leicester) potentially gone.”

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