Newcastle's injury crisis deepens after Daryl Janmaat and Rolando Aarons set back

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The problems continue to mount for Steve McClaren after a tough start to his reign.

Newcastle United’s injuries woes are showing no signs of abating after it emerged that Daryl Janmaat and Rolando Aarons could be out for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday.

In-form Janmaat started in Wednesday night’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, but came off at half-time for debutant Kevin Mbabu.

“He (Janmaat) was feeling a little dizzy in the first half, so he said he couldn’t continue, so young Kevin came on and I thought he did very well,” said Steve McClaren, in quotes published by the Chronicle.

Newcastle also face a crisis on the opposite flank, with both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara out injured. Rolando Aarons was expected to cover for the absent Haidara last night, but picked up an injury on the eve of the game.

Their fitness troubles add to that of Cheick Tiote, Karl Darlow, Emmanuel Riviere and Stephen Taylor, and McClaren has admitted it’s a difficult time for his team.

“We will assess over the next few days if we will have anybody back for Saturday,” said McClaren.

“You know, I think we have to take a roll call and have a look at things.”

The visit of the reigning champions is the last thing Newcastle need at the moment, and there are fears over the type of result it might produce.

McClaren has quickly found himself under pressure and his side’s insipid performances haven’t given much in the way of hope for a recovery any time soon.

A deepening injury crisis has only added to the former England manager’s problems, and turning the situation around is shaping up to be the biggest challenge of his career.

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