NEWCASTLE United have been hit with ANOTHER injury blow, with Mehdi Abeid facing up to three weeks on the sidelines.
The midfielder suffered a thigh injury last week, and his absence has left head coach John Carver with another headache ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Goodison Park.
That could mean a recall for Vurnon Anita against Everton.
Carver said: “Mehdi Abeid is out with a thigh injury – that’s two to three weeks.”
Algeria international Abeid had started Newcastle’s last two games, and it was his mistake which led to Manchester United’s 90th-minute winner at St James’s Park last midweek.
“It’s another headache, and it’s unexpected,” said Carver. “It’s at a time where he saw this as an opportunity to get back in the team.
“After he broke his toe after the international break – he did it on international duty – he must have seen it as an opportunity. It’s a blow – another blow – but you’ve got to get on with it.”
Carver will also be without defender Massadio Haidara (knee) for the Everton game, though midfielder Remy Cabella and goalkeeper Rob Elliot are back in the squad.
Carver said: “Haidara had an injection in his knee.
“It’s not settled down yet, so he’s not going to be available, but the good news we’ve got Remy Cabella back.
“He’s in the squad after a full week of training. Robbie’s been out for a number of weeks with a thigh strain, so he’s back.”
Carver added: “I don’t like sitting here making excuses, but it’s like ‘Emergency – Ward 10’ at the training ground at the moment.”