Manchester United will be without star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger when they visit St James Park on Tuesday night.
The German superstar pickled up a knee injury on Saturday against Sheffield United but was forced to play on, as Louis van Gall had already used his three subs.
As well as Schweinsteiger, Man Utd will be missing four other players, with Phil Jones (ankle),
Antonio Valencia (foot), Luke Shaw (leg) and Marcos Rojo (shoulder) almost certain to all miss.
However, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and Morgan Schneiderlin are set to return after being rested at the weekend.
Van Gaal has talked of players being ‘overloaded’ due to too much football and in the ‘red zone’ – in other words, not injured but maybe at risk due to the number of games played.
Louis van Gaal:
“Bastian is injured, that we know – we have seen that because he could not move.
“In spite of playing more or less with 10 and a half men, we beat Sheffield United and we were very happy with that.
“Difficult, because it (Newcastle game) is so close to the match against Sheffield United. We have to recover. Yesterday we recovered but we have to see if the players are still overloaded or not.
“After I know all the data, I can line up. That is why it is always difficult in a period when we have to play a lot of matches. You have to wait to see how the players are recovering of the load in the match.”