On the Newcastle injuries front, the club have announced that two more players have had to be sent for scans.

Siem de Jong has had a scan on his thigh, whilst Paul Dummett has also been sent for one after picking up a knock/reaction when thrown in at the deep end at Leicester without a single warm-up reserve match.

With many fans hoping one or more of the injured players might come back and help drag the club away from a relegation catastrophe, the reality surely must be that with only 17 days until the end of the season any of our long-term injured must be protected from further long-term damage.

However, that didn’t prevent John Carver at his pre-West Brom press conference trying to put a positive spin on the situation, the Newcastle Head Coach speaking positively about Rolando Aarons and Papiss Cisse potentially being involved very shortly.

Remember that with only 17 days of the season to go, this is Rolando Aarons who this week played his first 45 minutes of football in six months for the reserves and looked way off the pace.

Whilst in Papiss Cisse’s case, he hasn’t played for two months and after having a knee operation during his suspension, Carver revealed that today was the first time he’d been able to join back in with training.