There is also the pressing issue of Tonali’s potential ban and a possible suspension for Bruno Guimaraes should he pick up one more booking in the Premier League.
“It is [looking really stretched],” admitted The Magpies’ boss. “It’s a strange one because you look at Murph’s injury and Elliot’s, they’re quite difficult injuries to get your head around.
“They happen and you have to adjust and that’s all you can do, you can’t sit here and analyse it too much. It’s a case of right, get on with it.
“We’ll group the players, massive game at Wolves ahead, we’re still in a very good position in the Champions League and a very good position in the Premier League.
“We’ve made a positive start and every player in the squad is vitally important and we need to pull them together in this moment.”