NEWCASTLE United’s worsening injury crisis has left the club’s squad at breaking point - with Alan Pardew struggling to name a fit back four.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini won’t be involved against Burnley at Turf Moor tonight.
Defenders Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson and Massadio Haidara are all doubtful for the Premier League game.
And United manager Pardew – also without suspended pair Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback – has included untried defensive duo Remie Streete and Lubomir Satka as well as teenage goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in his 22-man squad.
Sissoko was dismissed in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park, while Colback picked up a suspension after being shown his fifth yellow card of the campaign.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul, meanwhile, is out until mid-January with an ankle problem.
Janmaat limped out of the game, and Pardew will make an 11th-hour decision on his team.
“It’s critical, I would say, in terms of the spine of the team,” said Pardew.
“No Tim, no Coloccini, no Moussa, no Jack. (They) would probably all start if they were fit.
“We haven’t come out of the weekend very well. We’re carrying a lot of injuries, and we’re taking our injuries to Burnley.
“It’ll be a deep squad, 22 will be travelling including Freddie Woodman, Lubomir Satka and Remie Streete.
“We’re a bit thin on the ground, and we’ve lost the core of the team. It’s not ideal going to Burnley in that situation.
“We’ve had to chop and change the team many times this last month, and I’ve been very pleased with the performances I’ve had with the squa,d so we’ll still go there with good heart and good faith for getting a result.”
Pardew is also without winger Rolando Aarons, but Coloccini could return for Saturday’s home game against Chelsea.
“I think we’ll be OK for Chelsea,” added Pardew. “Obviously, Jack and Moussa will be available, and one or two of the defenders will come back to us as well.
“Who will be available for Burnley, though, I really don’t know.”
Newcastle, previously unbeaten in six league games, dropped down to eighth in the table after the West Ham defeat.