The likely injury hit Newcastle v QPR starting 11
The last home match against Liverpool seems an awful long time ago and looking at the number of likely enforced changes to the Newcastle v QPR starting 11, it begins to look even more distant.
Despite only one United match in between, the luck with injuries has been horrendous.
Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Dummett, Colback, Sissoko, Abeid, Obertan, Ameobi, Cisse (Subs) Aarons, Perez, Cabella
Fabricio Coliccini limped out of the match at the Hawthorns and Alan Pardew has confirmed he will miss at least the next three matches.
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Gabriel Obertan of course won’t be back until next year after being injured during that one goal win over Liverpool.
Papiss Cisse was taken off at half-time against Liverpool because the manager thinks he wasn’t moving right and is still affected by the serious knee injury, Pardew not risking his striker against West Brom and Senegal not putting him on the pitch at all either for their crucial African nations qualifier against Egypt at the weekend.
Rolando Aarons has suffered a repeat of the hamstring injury that earlier ruled him out for two months.
While Mehdi Abeid broke his toe in training and missed making his debut for Algeria.
Steven Taylor meanwhile missed West Brom through a knee injury and now media reports veer between he is definitely out of Saturday’s match, to he stands a decent chance of playing.
So as it stands at the minute, the only players who started the game against Liverpool who should definitely be available are;
Krul, Janmaat, Dummett,Colback, Sissoko and Ameobi.
With Cheick Tiote also a big doubt still and De Jong & Santon some way off getting back into action, I can see United lining up along these lines against QPR;
Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara, Colback, Cabella, Sissoko, Gouffran, Ameobi, Perez
While many of us would like to see Adam Armstrong given a chance, I can’t see Alan Pardew going down that route.
So if United are down to the bare bones, then I think the manager will fill the gaps from those who have disappointed this season, with Gouffran, Cabella, Anita and Riviere (if fit!) amongst the possibles – with the first two named likely to get the nod in my opinion.
While I have given up all hope of ever seeing the elusive Facundo Ferreyra in a first team shirt, Ryan Taylor must also be an interesting candidate to start his first home match since that fateful day over two years ago when he was injured in a Europa League match.
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