Defensive crisis latest: Chancel Mbemba facing WEEKS out, Jack Colback sidelined

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren
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Chancel Mbemba could be sidelined for more than a month at injury-hit Newcastle United.

Head coach Steve McClaren has a defensive crisis on his hands ahead of tomorrow's home game against West Bromwich Albion.

Mbemba aggravated an ankle problem in Wednesday night's 3-0 defeat to Everton.

McClaren said: "By next week we'll know the full diagnosis."

Paul Dummett suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem in the same game, while a third defender, Jamaal Lascelles, is suspended after his late dismissal at Goodison Park.

On Dummett, McClaren said: "It's a little niggle. He felt a tightness and we didn't want to take a risk. He's not fit for tomorrow."

Midfielder Jack Colback – able to play at left-back – remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

McClaren added: "Jack's very, very close."