Newcastle United’s overworked medical team are having to perform ‘magic’ to keep the club on course.
That’s the view of assistant manager Paul Simpson as the Magpies battle to contain an injury crisis.
Newcastle have seen Tim Krul, Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Jack Colback, Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Kevin Mbabu and Papiss Cisse all in the treatment room at some point over the last few weeks.
But boss Steve McClaren is hopeful of still having a strong squad at his disposal for the visit of Norwich City on Sunday as Newcastle look for their first league win of the campaign.
Janmaat, Dummett and Colback look set to be ready to face the Canaries, while Haidara and Mbabu are working their way back to fitness.
Simpson said: “It’s been a horrible time for them (the medical staff) in there – they’ll be sick of the sight of some of the faces in there.
“But we’re hopeful that after this international break we should have more players back fit again.
“Obviously as some come out of the room then others go in (like) in Tim’s case.
“We’re asking the medical department to be working overtime but they’re pulling out all the stops trying to get all the lads out.
“And credit to them that we’re actually being able to consider Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara and Jack Colback for this weekend.
“We’ll keep them working this week and hopefully they can perform their magic and get them out for us.
“Further back down the line are the likes of Rolando Aarons, who we’re hoping will join in training next week.
“Gabby Obertan is still a few weeks away. Karl Darlow is a few weeks away.
“Kevin Mbabu we’re keeping our fingers crossed that he may have a chance for the weekend but it’s possibly going to be maybe one week too early but we’ll assess that as we’re going along.”