Good and bad news for Newcastle United in latest injury update

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The Magpies have been overwhelmed with injuries in the early part of the campaign.

Newcastle United assistant manager Paul Simpson has provided an injury update ahead of the Magpies’ clash with Norwich this weekend, in an interview on NUFC TV.

Steve McClaren’s team have had horrendous luck with injuries this season, with Tim Krul’s season-ending ACL issue the latest and most serious in a string of incidents.

Simpson had some welcome news to share however, ahead of a run of fixtures which could define Newcastle’s season.

The squad has received a boost with the news that three full-backs are nearing a return, with Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Daryl Janmaat all in contention for the Canaries game.

News on the goalkeeping front was less promising however, with second choice stopper Karl Darlow still ‘three to four weeks’ away from fitness, meaning Rob Elliot will have an extended run in the team to try an impress the Magpies’ coaching staff.

Simpson was relaxed about the situation between the sticks at the club, and suggested they have enough cover to cope with the absence of their first two options.

“We're covered in the goalkeeping department,” he said. “We've got a lot of faith in Rob Elliot and we've recalled Freddie Woodman back from Crawley, we've got a lot of faith in him as a young goalkeeper.”

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