NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew admits that the loss of Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy has left him with another unwanted headache.
The pair are sidelined with injuries and will miss tomorrow’s Premier League game at bottom club Fulham.
Leading scorer Remy has a calf problem and will sit out the next three games, while Debuchy has been ruled out for four matches.
Boss Pardew – banned from Craven Cottage following his suspension for his clash with Hull’s David Meyler – will have to reshuffle his defence and attack.
“They’re two big blows to us. We’ll have to change the team, and hopefully get it right,” said Pardew.
“It’s a calf for Loic, and a groin which has been a problem for Debuchy for a while.
“It didn’t improve after the France game (both played against Holland last midweek), and we’ve had to inject it. They’re two French internationals, and we’re going to miss them.”
With Remy absent, on-loan Luuk de Jong will lead the line against Fulham.
“Luuk was terrific at Hull,” said Pardew. “If he can replicate that performance, and get a goal, we’ll be absolutely delighted.”