Steve McClaren will have to go with what he has against Watford – as he doesn’t expect to get any players back from injury.
Newcastle United’s head coach will again be without the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic for Saturday’s home game.
And a clutch of senior players are also unavailable.
Striker Emmanuel Riviere, Paul Dummett and French star Sylvain Marveaux are working their way back to fitness from long-term injuries, while Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson were not involved in Monday night’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.
That result saw Sunderland and Stoke City climb above Newcastle in the Premier League, which the club now props up five games into the new campaign on goal difference, having scored less than their neighbours from Wearside.
Asked if any players would be back to face Watford, McClaren said: “No, we have what we’ve got, and we’ve got damn good players.
“We just didn’t do the basics (against West Ham).”
Dummett suffered a setback in his comeback from a long-term hamstring this month, while Williamson, his defensive colleague, missed training during the international break with an elbow problem.
Midfielder Marveaux is close to returning from the groin injury he suffered in pre-season.
McClaren did not comment on the absence of midfielder Tiote and centre-half Taylor at Upton Park, though the latter is understood to be injured.