Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chris Not Pushing Loan Panic Button; Loan Deals Ruled Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chris Not Pushing Loan Panic Button; Loan Deals Ruled Out

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

CHRIS Hughton does not expect to turn to the loan market this week, despite Newcastle United's looming defensive crisis.

The Magpies go into tomorrow's game at Doncaster Rovers without three injured central defenders after Fitz Hall became the latest casualty at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Football League clubs have until Thursday to make emergency loan sign-ings but with Mike Williamson close to returning, Hughton is unlikely to add further to his squad this season.

Hall, himself on loan from Queens Park Rangers, injured his hamstring chasing Cole Skuse to Paul Hartley's long ball in Saturday's thrilling 2-2 draw at Bristol City.

Fellow centre-back Steven Taylor is around a month from returning from a knee injury, while Williamson recently broke a bone in his hand training at home. Hall will not feature at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow.

His place will instead be taken by Hungarian Tamas Kadar, who turned 20 eight days ago.

"Fitz Hall will not be ready for (this) week," explained Hughton.

"He felt his hamstring. It was a case of taking him off as a precaution, he felt it go so we had no choice.

"Normally when you take someone off it is not a great sign. Kadar will play against Doncaster. I thought he did very well when he came on. He is a young player who has gained experience and will continue to gain experience."

Hughton will therefore show faith in Kadar, who is by preference a left-sided centre-back, until Williamson's return.

"It (making a loan signing) is something we're always thinking about and toying with but at this moment I don't see it," said Hughton.

"Williamson is not far away. He has a problem with his hand. He will have a cast on that he will be able to play with. At this moment we're probably looking at Forest (who Newcastle meet on March 29, as the game he will return for). …

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