Newcastle have been dealt another blow with the news that captain Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss Monday's trip to Everton.
Magpies' boss Alan Pardew confirmed Coloccini, 30, will be unavailable for the match after the Argentina international missed his country's recent fixtures against Peru and Paraguay because of a muscle injury.
Meanwhile Krul, 24, looks set to miss several games with an elbow injury, which was also picked on international duty, for Netherlands.
It is a bitter pill to swallow for Pardew who will go into the game missing four first-team players, with Cheick Tiote and Danny Simpson also confirmed as unavailable for the trip to Merseyside.
The enforced changes will likely see midfielder Vurnon Anita move to right-back, with Gael Bigirimana expected to earn a starting place after an impressive performance against Aston Villa last week.