John Carver assured fans in the lead up to today’s match that Mike Ashley hadn’t ordered him to play a weakened team.
The caretaker boss further assured fans that he would play his strongest team.
Moussa Sissoko, Fabricio Coloccini, Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat – Newcastle’s five best players were all missing against Leicester in the starting eleven, along with Yoan Gouffran and the injured Steven Taylor.
The local press reported various injuries just before kick-off and while you could expect the odd player to be protected from games in quick succession – can it really be coincidence that our best five players were all not able to play?
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