JOHN Carver has revealed he has just 13 senior outfield players to pick from for Saturday’s game against Arsenal.
Carver will be without a host of players, including suspended captain Fabricio Coloccini, for the visit of Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.
No injured players will return for the game, meaning left-back Massadio Haidara will again miss out.
But head coach Carver says he will not be turning to a host of the club’s youngsters for the match at St James’s Park.
He said: “I only have 13 fit senior players, plus two goalkeepers, for Saturday’s game.
“Saturday is not the environment for young lads, especially against an in-form Arsenal side. It’s not the right time for them.”