John Carver provides fitness update on four Newcastle United players, including De Jong and Cisse

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Newcastle United have had to deal with multiple injury problems this season.

Newcastle United manager John Carver has informed the Northern Echo of further injury problems for his side at a time when they can ill afford them.

Newcastle's squad has been decimated by fitness issues this season, and it seems as if their problems are no closer to ending now.

The likes of Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons, Papiss Cisse and Adam Armstrong are all doubtful for the weekend match against West Bromwich Albion, with Carver's options limited.

“Siem has unfortunately got an issue with his thigh and he has not done a great deal of training this week,” said Carver. “He is another one who has gone for a scan. He has got a problem there - he won’t be available this weekend.

“It’s great to have Papiss back on the training ground. He trained with us for the first time (yesterday) and that big smile of his was great. But let’s not get carried away here, he has only trained once with us in seven weeks.

“Rolando is in a good position, but whether he will be involved this weekend, I’ll have to see again. Even Adam Armstrong has come in (yesterday) with a tight calf so we have got one or two things where we will have to wait until the last minute.”

It is not too much of a surprise that Cisse and Aarons are unlikely to play on Saturday, although there were hopes both could have made it, but to lose De Jong and Armstrong is a blow.

De Jong had appeared to be edging his way back to full match sharpness after missing much of the season through injury, but his fitness is still clearly not up to scratch.

Armstrong, meanwhile, has been a regular option for Carver to use off the substitutes' bench, but he will not be able to bring him on against West Brom.

The hope for Newcastle will be that this injury crisis does not affect them too much on Saturday. The Magpies can ill afford to lose after suffering eight defeats in a row and will be desperate to get the three points in front of their own supporters.

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