Newcastle boss set for triple fitness boost

Daryl Janmaat
Daryl Janmaat
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Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is set for a TRIPLE injury boost ahead of his side’s crunch clash against Norwich City this weekend.

The Magpies head into the Premier League game still without a win and bottom of the table. They will be without the services of Tim Krul, who was ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate anterior ligaments at the weekend while playing for Holland.

Dutchman Daryl Janmaat is expected to be fit for the visit of the Canaries on Sunday.

But fellow Dutchman Daryl Janmaat - who was forced to pull out of the Netherlands squad because of a knee problem - is expected to be fit for the visit of the Canaries on Sunday.

And fellow defender Paul Dummett should also be available after recovering from a hamstring injury which has seen him sit out the start of the season.

Meanwhile, midfielder Jack Colback will also return after missing the 6-1 defeat at Manchester City with a hamstring problem.

The return of the trio is a massive boost for McClaren, who has seen his squad hit by injuries over the last fortnight.

At one point, he had 13 players unavailable, but will be able to put out a strong side at home to Norwich.

Dummett’s return is particularly timely, given the injury to Kevin Mbabu. The Swiss youngster, who has filled in at left-back in the last two league games, suffered a hamstring strain against City and is unlikely to be fit for another couple of weeks.

Dummett could start on the left-side of defence, or Colback could play there with Cheik Tiote coming into the centre of midfield after building up his fitness over the last fortnight.

Newcastle assistant head coach Paul Simpson said: “We’re confident that Daryl (Janmaat) will come through the week and be available for Sunday.

“Jack Colback has started his training, we’re hoping that he’ll be available for the game against Norwich.

“Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara – they’re both starting to build their fitness up and there’s a possibility that they may be involved.

“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.”