Newcastle sweating on fitness of Daryl Janmaat after losing Jack Colback to suspension

STRIKE ... Samir Nasri.
STRIKE ... Samir Nasri.

NEWCASTLE United are sweating on the fitness of Daryl Janmaat – after the defender was forced off against Manchester City.

Janmaat left the field as a precaution in the 71st minute of this evening’s 5-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium.

Head coach John Carver is already faced with a defensive crisis, with Paul Dummett having this week been ruled out for up to 12 weeks.

And Carver – who lost Jack Colback to a two-game suspension after the midfielder picked up his 10th booking of the season – will hope that the problem suffered by Janmaat will not sidelined him.

Newcastle had a disastrous start against the Premier League champions, with Vurnon Anita having conceded a penalty, converted by Sergio Aguero, in the first minute.

Samir Nasri doubled City’s advantage in the 12th minute, and Edin Dzeko put the home side 3-0 up before the break.

David Silva struck twice in the second half.

Asked about the team’s start, Carver said: “Absolutely dreadful. All your plans in place and you concede a stupid goal within the first couple of minutes.

“No matter what you do through the week to prepare for games like this – and it’s hard enough coming here anyway – you shoot yourself in the foot in the first minute then it’s an uphill task.

“We were two down in 12 minutes. After the first goal we actually settled down a little bit. But we lost possession and it ended up in the back of the net.”

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