JONAS Gutierrez is touch and go for Newcastle United’s season-opener against Manchester City.
Gutierrez suffered a leg injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Braga at St James’s Park.
And United manager Alan Pardew says the 30-year-old is doubtful for the club’s visit to the City of Manchester Stadium on August 19.
“It’s around the buttock – that’s where your power comes from,” Pardew said.
“We need to be careful on that. We’re sweating on that one now.”
Otherwise, Pardew has a near-full squad to choose from.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s League Cup tie against Morecambe will be broadcast live by Sky Sports.
The game will be played at the League Two club’s Globe Arena on August 28 (7.45pm kick-off).
Tickets are priced £19 for adults, £15 for over-65s and £6 for under-18s, while under-fives are free of charge with a full-paying adult.
Season-ticket holders have until Thursday to apply.