DANNY Simpson’s almost certainly out of Newcastle United’s visit to Everton.
Right-back Simpson suffered a hamstring strain in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at St James’s Park.
The blow came after Ryan Taylor – who can play in both full-back positions – was ruled out for several months with a serious knee injury. Utility player James Perch is also sidelined.
United manager Alan Pardew doesn’t expect Simpson to be fit for the visit to Everton on September 17, with summer signing Vurnon Anita – who filled in at right-back after Simpson went off – again likely to deputise.
“It was a strain, and I don’t think Danny will make that game,” Pardew said. “Vurnon Anita was brought here for his versatility, and I thought he was terrific.
“He went to right-back and was terrific. He grabbed it by the horns and looked comfortable all game.”
Taylor suffered his injury on the eve of the transfer deadline.
However, club opted against bringing in an additional player in the belief that Pardew has enough cover at right-back.
Pardew added: “We have three right-backs here – how many right-backs do we need?
“We lost two, and it’s unfortunate. Swansea lost their left-back (Neil Taylor) on Saturday, and it’s a bigger blow for them than us losing Ryan, with all due respect to Ryan.
“This is what big clubs are all about. We have to adapt.”
Meanwhile, Pardew is hopeful Taylor will return from his cruciate ligament injury quicker than most after a promising early prognosis.
“He’s done a cruciate, but the good news is that usually when you do it, you do some ligaments, or you do a cartilage, and it really is problematic,” he said.
“But Ryan looks quite straightforward. There’s not a lot of swelling, the cruciate has detached, so it’s purely a case of putting it back. I think he’ll come back a little bit quicker than most cruciate injuries.”
Newcastle’s players wore tracksuits with “Ryan Taylor over the wall” before yesterday’s game.