Newcastle's injury woes have increased with confirmation that Damien Duff and Craig Moore will be sidelined for the next month.
Duff and Moore were sent for scans on knee and hamstring problems respectively and while the Irish winger will see a specialist on Thursday, the Australian defender has been confirmed his injury will keep him out for a month.
"We have looked at the scans and Craig Moore has a tear in his hamstring," said Magpies manager Glenn Roeder.
"Damien Duff will go to London tomorrow to see a knee specialist and there is a chance he has a small tear in his cartilage.
"If so he will probably be ruled out for around a month."
Frenchman Charles N'Zogbia will likely be asked to fill in for Duff and Roeder has thrown his support behind his young charge.
"Charles is a very important young member of our squad and the key word here is young," said Roeder.
"For while he quickly clocked up 50 games for us, he is still only 20 and people should not forget that."