Aleksandar Mitrovic has joined the injury list at St James Park.
Steve McClaren revealing on Wednesday night that the striker has picked up a medial ligament injury
Mitrovic was replaced after 70 minutes at Stamford Bridge by Seydou Doumbia, the Newcastle centre forward having a lively battle with John Terry which ended with the Chelsea player limping off in the first half.
Whether that encounter played any part is unconfirmed but McClaren says that ‘it could be a couple of weeks, we are hoping not too long’.
Which realistically we can take it to mean at least a couple of weeks, so with Stoke away in 14 days time and Bournemouth home only three days later, I doubt very much we will see him in either of those.
The game afterwards (the 10th last of the season) is Monday 14 March away at Leicester, which is three and a half weeks from now and a more likely return – unless the problem turns out to be worse than is being talked about at the moment.
Papiss Cisse also was missing from the list of 26 players who travelled to La Manga today, McClaren saying tonight that he only took players who could potentially play in the friendly on Saturday against Lillestrom.
All of which sounds as though the striking possibilities at Stoke in two weeks time will rest between Doumbia, Riviere and Perez.
“He (Aleksandar Mitrovic) has got a knee injury.
“We are only bringing players here who can actually train over the next four days and play in the game on Saturday.
“Mitro has a medial ligament injury, so it could be a couple of weeks – we are hoping not too long.”