ALAN Pardew is hopeful injured Newcastle United defenders Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett will be back later this month.
The left backs both limped out of Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester City.
And the pair won’t be involved against Chelsea at St James’s Park this afternoon, or at Tottenham Hotspur on November 10.
With senior defenders Fabricio Coloccini (groin) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) injured, and development squad members Curtis Good and Remie Streete also sidelined, United manager Alan Pardew has little in the way of defensive back-up.
Pardew, however, is hopeful Haidara and Dummett will be back for the home game games Norwich City on November 23.
“We come through unscathed as far as the senior players,” Pardew said.
“Unfortunately, we lost Sadio and Dummett, probably through the international window now. I don’t think their injuries are serious.
“Both were little hamstrings, but one different to the other.
“Hopefully, we’ll have everyone available that we need (against Chelsea).”
Haidara, 20, was making his first appearance since April, having missed pre-season – and the start of the campaign – through an unrelated injury.
“Sadio has struggled with hamstring injuries in the past,” said Pardew.
“He had perfect preparation for this game. He had 60 minutes in the reserves, and we worked him hard in training.
“He’s been back two or three weeks.
“We’re scratching our heads a little bit. He did it in the last action of the first half.”
Right back James Tavernier was a contender to be on the bench as defensive cover against Chelsea.
The 21-year-old has not appeared for United yet this season, though he made two appearances on loan for Shrewsbury Town in August before suffering an ankle problem.