DECIMATED Newcastle await a decision from the Premier League on whether Thursday’s clash at Everton will be postponed.
Callum Wilson, Alan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser were all added to Toon’s long absentee list following Monday’s draw against Manchester United.
Along with a host of other players with covid, injury or suspension, the Magpies don’t believe they can field 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper to complete the fixture.
Eddie Howe’s side was down to bare bones before Monday and could only name eight aliases – two of whom were goalkeepers.
Ciaran Clarke, Matt Ritchie, Joe Willock and Carl Darlow were all missing, joined by Paul Dumet, Jamal Lewis and Federico Fernandez.
Wilson pulled in just before half-time and is set to be out for months with a torn calf.
Saint-Maximin went limp just before the end with a less serious calf issue, while Ryan Fraser suffered a hamstring injury.
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Fabian Schaar was also seen hobbling at the end and Javier Manquillo was suspended for the game at Goodison Park.
There are 11 fit senior outfield players, keeper Martin Dubravka and young Elliot Anderson, who were on the bench and have played a love game.
Fellow teenager Joe White was also a replacement but has yet to play for the first team.
After a 1–1 draw with the Red Devils, Howe said: “It takes 13-plus goalkeepers to be enough players for a game. We’re going to be dangerously close to that number.”
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