Souness: Injuries are killing us

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Newcastle boss Graeme Souness says that an injury crisis at St James' Park is killing his side and that he is yet to field his favoured line-up so far this season.

The Magpies invested heavily in the summer but new arrivals Nolberto Solano, Craig Moore, Albert Luque and Emre have all suffered with injury whilst established star Kieron Dyer has played just two games due to hamstring trouble.

As a result Souness has been unable to field the starting XI that he believes can drag his side out of the doldrums and spark a march up the Premiership table.

Newcastle face surprise package Wigan on Saturday with Celestine Babayaro and Titus Bramble also on the sidelines, and Souness has bemoaned the options available to him after the debilitating run of injuries.

"The whole thing is killing us," said Souness. "We've got a very good team but I've never seen it play.

"We just have to get on with it and make the best of it while waiting for the injured players to return.

"Dyer's still a couple of weeks away.

"It's been a disaster for him and a disaster for us all season. Titus has no chance.

"We have all these problems and others at risk in the internationals. It's frightening."

Whilst Souness is struggling with a threadbare squad at present, The Magpies' forgotten man Michael Chopra is growing frustrated at his continuing inability to break into the first team on Tyneside.

The young striker impressed in a loan spell with Barnsley last term and now concedes he may never earn himself a starting slot with two England heroes in residence at St James' Park.

"It's hard for me because it doesn't seem like I've ever been given a chance at this club with any manager," said Chopra.

"It's going to be hard to get Michael Owen and Alan Shearer out of the team when they're playing well."