Newcastle’s Carver reveals whether he will select Mike Williamson again

Williamson was sent off for two clumsy challenges as Newcastle fell to defeat to Leicester.

Williamson was the first Newcastle player to be sent off in the game, with Daryl Janmaat following him with a red card, and head coach John Carver has admitted to the Shields Gazette that he will still consider selecting the defender for the last game of the season.

Carver said: “I would consider Mike for the last game of the season because I have to. He’s a professional footballer for this football club.”

Williamson, 31, was removed from the field of play for two bookable offences, and he is set to miss the club’s next two matches - with only three games left of the campaign.

With eight consecutive defeats to their name, Newcastle’s task to avoid relegation is becoming harder with each passing week, and with Williamson and Janmaat set to miss action, Carver’s task has become all-but impossible.

Games with West Brom, QPR and West Ham await them, and although QPR is a winnable fixture for the Magpies, there is no team who looks as easy to defeat as Newcastle right now.

Carver’s men are now just two points off the final relegation place, and whilst they flounder and stutter looking for results, every club below them - Burnley aside - are enjoying rejuvenations in form.

It will prove to be a tough final few weeks for the Magpies, and Carver’s task has been made even harder due to the suspensions to Janmaat and Williamson. The latter may have done little prove that he deserves to keep being selected, but Carver will certainly entertain the idea - mostly as he has no real choice.

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