Newcastle United have confirmed that they expect three injured players to be back for the upcoming games.
After losing Cheick Tiote to injury during the Leicester match, Steve McClaren afterwards named three injured players he was expecting back as United are due to line up against the likes of Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Tottenham in the next few weeks.
McClaren said that Karl Darlow will definitely be available – he is due to play for the reserves on Monday (tomorrow).
Elsewhere, he is also expecting Jack Colback and Kevin Mbabu to be available very shortly.
However, rather ominously, it appears that the Head Coach isn’t expecting any quick fixes for the team’s woes to simply come from bringing back those who are injured.
McClaren revealing ‘I said to them in there (players in dressing room), we have what we have and we will get back on the training field on Monday’.
Basically, the message appears to be that the same sort of team who were so shocking against Leicester will have to bring the change in fortunes, rather than major help coming from fit again players.
Mbabu had actually been on the bench against Bournemouth two weeks ago so presumably he had some kind of setback that stopped him being involved against Leicester.
Never been a big fan of Rob Elliot but even I have to concede that goalkeeper is hardly our biggest worry at the moment and Karl Darlow beinbg available won’t change the starting 11.
Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official tv channel:
Interviewer asks: ‘Are we close to having any injured players back for the next couple of games?’
“Yeah, maybe Jack Colback, Mbemba (obviously means Mbabu!), yeah, Karl Darlow definitely.
“But like I said to them in there, we have what we have and we will get back on the training field on Monday.
“Work, work, work and what we have to work for is consistency, knowing what we are going to get every day, every day in training, every game, and then you get a performance.
“At the moment we are up and down and turning around very slowly.”