Steve McClaren has confirmed at his Friday press conference that Chancel Mbemba will miss Saturday’s game with West Brom.

A first scan was inconclusive on the injury he picked up against Everton and now he will travel to Belgium for a second opinion. Sky Sports have said that their information is that Mbemba is expected to be out for over a month.

Never fear though, Steven Taylor is back and McClaren has indicated he will start against the Baggies, saying that Taylor is just the type of player Newcastle need tomorrow…

Earlier, the Head Coach had confirmed that Seydou Doumba hadn’t even trained with the other players before the Everton match, even though he had him on the bench.

The Ivory Coast striker won’t start tomorrow but McClaren hopes he might be able to bring him off he bench.

Steve McClaren says that the fans will ‘demand a performance of attitude, character and football’ against West Brom,

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Supporters will also demand an end to the ridiculously negative tactics employed by McClaren, with an all time low hit against Everton, where Newcastle, on McClaren’s orders, handed the ball and initiative to the oppositon…and the three points.

Steve McClaren:

“Tomorrow is a big game and 50,000 Geordies will demand a performance of attitude, character and football.

“We have got talent but we have to be more consistent. We also need attitude, character and to hold our nerve.

“It may be asking too much of Seydou (Doumbia) to start tomorrow but we hope he will feature at some stage.

“Steven Taylor is a true Geordie who wears his heart on his sleeve and we need that type of character tomorrow.

“Chancel had had one scan and is getting a second opinion. By the middle of next week we should have the diagnosis.

“At the last count we had 12 out and one suspension, so we’ve drafted in three under-21 players for tomorrow.”