Newcastle to be without key defenders for Man City trip

Newcastle United will only have four defenders available for Saturday’s game at Manchester City after Paul Dummett was ruled out for two weeks with a knee injury, the Newcastle Chronicle has reported.

The Wales international suffered the injury in the club’s last game at Crystal Palace, leaving Selhurst Park on crutches. The damage is not too serious, but he is expected to be out until the end of February, meaning that he will miss the game against the champions as well as the home clash with Aston Villa seven days later.

With Steven Taylor also absent and Davide Santon having recently departed on loan to former club Inter, Head Coach John Carver could be forced to play midfielder Vurnon Anita at left-back at the Etihad Stadium. Ryan Taylor could also fill the position, but is being eased back after a succession of injuries.

The current situation leaves captain Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson as the club’s only fit central defenders, ensuring the Magpies will be wary of suffering further problems. They currently lie 11th in the table, with just one Premier League win so far in 2015.

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