NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul (r) and James Perch celebrate on the final whistle during the Barclays Premier league game between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on January 4, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United have been hit with a string of injuries to their back-line. According to Alan Pardew, they will go into the weekend's match against Everton without Tim Krul, Fabricio Colocinni, Danny Simpson.
Krul's out for 'two or three' games, and Colocccini's 'struggling' to be fit for Monday's game against Everton, according to Pardew. #epl— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) September 13, 2012
Simpson confirmed as out for Everton as well. #Nufc— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) September 13, 2012
They were already without Ryan Taylor, who presumably would have stepped in at right back. He's having surgery today.
Get today out the way and my long road to recovery begins..... #OperationTime— Ryan Taylor (@TaylorR1984) September 13, 2012
We'll likely see Steve Harper and Mike Williamson step into the starting lineup. At right-back, it would presumably be James Perch deputizing. Harper and Perch are cheaper options, but you probably want to wait a week. At Everton isn't a kind fixture, but they do host Norwich next, on the back of a European date at Maritimo.