NEWCASTLE United boss John Carver is sweating on the fitness of Daryl Janmaat after Massadio Haidara was ruled out for the rest of the season, writes Ross Gregory.
The Frenchman won’t feature again this term after undergoing a knee operation in Lyon this week.
Haidara injured his knee in the win against Aston Villa on February 28, and was stretchered off.
The Magpies initially hoped the injury wasn’t serious, with head coach John Carver and Haidara himself saying they expected him to return before the end of the month.
But that prognosis was optimistic and the 22-year-old won’t play again for the rest of the season.
Haidara had an injection to try and ease the fluid on his right knee, but when that didn’t work, travelled to France for surgery.
With Paul Dummett still injured and Davide Santon out on loan at Inter Milan, it leaves Newcastle without a recognised left-back.
Ryan Taylor has filled in but was switched to right-back against Arsenal last weekend to allow Janmaat to cover Fabricio Coloccini’s absence in the centre, meaning Jack Colback was forced to play on the left of the back four.
Colback is likely to remain there for the trip to his old club Sunderland a week tomorrow in the Wear-Tyne derby.
It leaves Carver sweating on the fitness of Janmaat, who is away on international duty with Holland this week.
Janmaat has been recalled by the Netherlands for their two games, a Euro 2016 Group A qualifier against Turkey today and a friendly against Spain on Tuesday.
If he picks up a knock in either game, Carver would be forced into handing teenage centre-half Lubo Satka his Premier League debut at the Stadium of Light.