JOHN Carver’s confirmed that Newcastle United will look at bringing in another defender in this month’s transfer window.
Steven Taylor will undergo surgery next week after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Burnley on New Year’s Day.
Luckless Taylor will miss the rest of the season, leaving caretaker manager Carver short of defensive options.
Carver – whose side take on Leicester City in the FA Cup this afternoon – says there will now be “discussions” about bringing in another centre-half, most likely on loan.
But the 49-year-old says his main concern is on preparing his team for the third-round tie at the King Power Stadium.
“It’s something the club will have to look at, because we do not have a boatload of centre-halves,” said Carver, put in temporary charge after Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace.
“But it’s not something that has really crossed my mind.
“As soon as the full time whistle went, I had to try to get myself ready for this game, so it’s not something I’m too bothered about, but there probably will have to be discussions.”
Newcastle have centre-halves Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Jamaal Lascelles on loan to Roma and Nottingham Forest respectively.
United have previously stated that there is no recall clause in Lascelles’s loan.
However, it is not clear whether there is a clause in the Yanga-Mbiwa deal, which is with a view to a permanent transfer.
Versatile Paul Dummett – who has played most of his senior football for Newcastle at left-back – is one option for Carver, who can ill-afford to lose centre-halves Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson to injury.
Left-back Massadio Haidara is now fit and available.
“He has slotted in there and done very well in that position,” said Carver.
“He played there at Burnley six weeks ago. He could slot in there.
“Obviously, Haidara has been injured, so he could come in at left-back.
“So there are options, but we are getting close to struggling to try get 18 players fit and available to travel (to Leicester).”