Daryl Murphy is the latest Newcastle star to have picked up an injury problem.
The striker is being assessed as to its seriousness by medical staff after linking up with the Republic of Ireland squad.
Daryl Murphy was preferred to both Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic for the starting eleven at Birmingham, before making way just after an hour for United’s number 9 to have a go.
The former Ipswich striker came closest to breaking the deadlock, his perfectly placed header only been denied by a superb fingertip save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Murphy has a calf problem according to the widespread reports but no news as yet whether he will be sent back to Tyneside, as has been the case with Rob Elliot who has a knee problem.
Monday morning saw Newcastle United confirm that Grant Hanley had also been forced to drop out of the Scotland squad – in his case it is an ankle injury.
Daryl Murphy has been in great form and has scored against both Huddersfield and Fulham this month, to go with his goals against Rotherham and Brentford.
Despite only starting five Championship matches (five as a sub), Murphy’s four goals have shown the value of the 34 year old who had scored 50 league goals over the course of the past three seasons.
Worryingly, it was a calf injury that kept Daryl Murphy on the sidelines earlier this campaign and it was a calf problem that ruled him out for Ipswich for a period of time last season.
***The Irish FA have confirmed that Daryl Murphy will now have a scan to determine the extent of the problem, before deciding whether he returns to Tyneside or stays with the squad.