Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Play in the Centre of Defence against Arsenal - and the Derby? So Just Who Can United; with Fabricio Coloccini Suspended for the Next Three Matches, and Injuries Hitting United at the Back, MARK DOUGLAS Looks at the Magpies' Options at Centre-Half

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Play in the Centre of Defence against Arsenal - and the Derby? So Just Who Can United; with Fabricio Coloccini Suspended for the Next Three Matches, and Injuries Hitting United at the Back, MARK DOUGLAS Looks at the Magpies' Options at Centre-Half

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WITH Fabricio Coloccini likely to be suspended for the next three games, Newcastle United really are down to the bare bones when it comes to t centre-backs.

biwa and Davide Santon at St ere's now huge pressure on the shoulders of Mike Williamson - who has outlasted internationals Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon at St James' Park. Incredibly he is now the one senior, specialist centre-back United have available for the next three games.

With in-form Arsenal, Sunderland and a top-four-chasing Liverpool next up for Newcastle, John Carver nds himself with a Coloccini-shaped headache ahead of a trio of tough tests. Even the shambolic and E out-of-sorts Black Cats might get some succour from facing a back four that looks stretched to breaking point.

So where can Carver turn now? e Holland international is likely to -Daryl Janmaat e Holland international is likely to be shifted into the centre to compensate for the loss of Coloccini. When United's lack of defensive resources was rst raised, the possibility of Janmaat dropping into the centre was mentioned - but few would have predicted it for three big matches a this stage of the season.

When United's lack of defensive -ity of Janmaat dropping into the centre was mentioned - but few would have predicted it for three big matches a tJanmaat has been one of Newcastle's star performers this season and has played there before - very brieC/y. But United will lose his ability on the right and an attacking outlet too.

A poor compromise and it shouldn't have come to this.

Lubo Satka Lubo Satka e 19-year-old Slovakian is yet to play a minute of senior football for Newcastle and it would be a huge gamble by Carver if he promoted him from the reserves. reserves.

Alan Pardew was a fan, lan Pardew was a fan, though. "If you were going to look at a young Coloccini, you've got to say that's Lubo. He's so level-headed and technically good," he said back in July.

though. "look at a young Coloccini, you've got to say that's Lubo. He's so level-headed and technically good," he said back in July.

Still, this would be one heck of a promotion.

a promotion.

TNewcastle's Ryan Taylor has made his name as has made his name as TNewcastle's Mr Versatile and is likely to have to ll in at either left-back or right-back if United opt to move either Janmaat or Massaido Haidara into the centre of defence.

But Taylor is feeling his way back to T full tness himself and it would be risky to rely on him to shore up a defence that has now conceded eight in its last two games.

Jamaal Lascelles ere were suggestions over the week-weekend that if Nottingham Forest's slim hopes of promotion are extinguished in the next few weeks a deal maybe done with the City Ground side to bring Lascelles to Tyneside early to get him inte T -grated. …

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