Carver has commented on a potential return for defender Paul Dummett.
The interim head coach said: “We know Moussa Sissoko will be back and Paul Dummett will be back. Paul’s had a couple of good weeks training. He trained with us fully. He’ll have a full week’s training under his belt. Hopefully, he should be OK.”
The 23-year-old left-back, who can also play in the centre of defence, was really coming into his own as a player this term, registering 25 appearances to his name before suffering his injury.
A problem with his knee suffered during the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace has kept him out since February, and his calm and stoic play in defence has been missed in the following weeks.
Of the nine games he has missed, Newcastle have won just one, losing the other eight and conceding 20 goals in the process.
Thankfully for head coach Carver, Dummet’s renewed availability fixes a number of problems along the back-line.
He is likely to return to his natural left-back position after the recent inclusions of Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback there, whilst his ability to play in the centre could be utilised to great effect given the Magpies current issues in the defensive zone.
Regardless, wherever he plays, the long-awaited return of Dummett should shore up a defence who have been extremely poor in recent weeks, and he could play a key role in keeping Carver’s men in the top flight.