Newcastle have been dealt yet another blow, with Dutch keeper Tim Krul picking up what appears to be a serious knee injury.
The youngster is rated extremely highly within the corridors of St James' Park and he went some way to living up to his billing when producing a starring show in The Magpies' Uefa Cup win in Palermo.
Krul was set to be on the bench for Tuesday's trip to Watford in the Carling Cup, but picked up an injury in the warm-up and spent the night in hospital.
The 18-year-old is set to undergo a series of tests on Wednesday, but manager Glenn Roeder feels he has damaged his cartilage.
"Tim got injured before the game in Italy last week, and we weren't sure then whether he had damaged his cartilage or just had a bang on his knee," Roeder told the club's website.
"We had it scanned, and that didn't show anything conclusive and he was able to play against Palermo and had the most wonderful debut.
"We were not 100 percent certain that there wasn't some sort of cartilage damage, and sure enough it looks like that has surfaced tonight.
"He wasn't going to be involved in the game, but was doing a pre-match training session with Terry Gennoe when he dived and made a save.
"As he got up, the knee locked and he was in a lot of pain.
"He has been very well looked after by the medical staff and doctor at Watford and has been taken to hospital.
"If he needs anything done, then it will be done in Watford."