Forget the defence, Newcastle United have a new crisis area

Newcastle United's squad has been ravaged by injury of late.

The main worry with Newcastle United's squad this season has been their defence, but it appears that they have a new crisis area in the team.

The Magpies have just four fit recognised senior defenders in their squad, but they are also short of numbers in midfield as their injury problems stack up.

With Jack Colback, Cheick Tiote, Siem De Jong and Remy Cabella all sidelined, John Carver is having to pick his team from the remaining pool of players, and there are a lack of options.

Gabriel Obertan and Rolando Aarons, who can play down the wing, are both still returning from injury and are unlikely to be able to play for 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the pitch, Mehdi Abeid and Vurnon Anita look the two obvious starters, but there are few options beyond that.

Although Ryan Taylor can play there, he is also being required to cover at full-back and it shows just how threadbare Newcastle's squad is at the moment.

With five players out on loan at Rangers, there is a lack of numbers in the ranks and they could be punished for not having enough depth at the end of the campaign.

Although Newcastle are well clear of relegation, their run of one win in nine games is one which will hardly fill supporters with confidence and it if continues they could easily be dragged into a survival fight.

That would spell disaster for a squad which is down to the bare bones, and Newcastle will be desperately hoping that some of their injured players recover quicker than expected to return to the field before the season closes.

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