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No new injury worries for McClaren

Steve McClaren Credit: ITV News

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has no fresh selection problems ahead of Sunday's derby trip to Sunderland.

Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara and midfielder Cheick Tiote all returned to action against Norwich last weekend and came through unscathed.

Full-back Kevin Mbabu (hamstring) and midfielder Rolando Aarons (calf) are back in training, but keepers Tim Krul (cruciate ligament) and Karl Darlow (ankle), defender Steven Taylor and midfielder Gabriel Obertan (both hamstring) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Elliot, Woodman, Janmaat, Haidara, Dummett, Coloccini, Mbemba, Lascelles, Williamson, Mbabu, Colback, Anita, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Thauvin, De Jong, Gouffran, Marveaux, Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez, Toney.

Wear Tyne derby: ticket update from Sunderland

Sunderland Football Club have issued an update to remind fans that the Wear Tyne derby will be an all-ticket game.

Can Sunderland make it six in a row? Credit: PA

The club has said cash turnstiles will not be operating at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Tickets to the game are very nearly sold out for the noon kick off.


Newcastle's Tim Krul 'devastated' to miss rest of the season

Newcastle United have confirmed their first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

The Dutchman had to be withdrawn after he fell awkwardly during the Netherlands' 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday.

The 27-year-old posted on social media that he is, "devastated" he can't play his part on the pitch to help the team turn this season around.

After Newcastle confirmed Krul suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, his teammate Georginio Wijnaldum tweeted to show his support for his friend.

Krul's absence is a huge blow for Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, particularly as second-choice keeper Karl Darlow is also currently sidelined with a foot injury.

Newcastle remain at the of the Premier League, having failed to win any of their first eight games of the season.

Newcastle United wait on Tim Krul injury news

Newcastle United have been dealt a blow after their first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered a knee injury while playing for the Netherlands.

The 27-year-old was forced from the field after he fell awkwardly in the latter stages of Holland's 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday.

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Holland head coach Danny Blind reportedly described the injury as "bad" after the match, which was played on the artificial turf of the Astana Arena.

The extent of Krul's injury will not be known until after he undergoes scans. He took to social media to thank his fans for their support.

Newcastle remain at the of the league, having failed to win any of their first eight games of the season.

  1. Simon O'Rourke

Blog: Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke looks forward to Newcastle's trip to Manchester City on Saturday

There are two ways of looking at this. There's the "knee jerk reactionary" view and then there's the "wake up and smell the coffee" view.

Let's knee jerk first. Newcastle United were better against Chelsea last weekend. Much, much better. The attitude and application was spot on. The tactics worked, up to a point, and certain individuals were much improved. Meanwhile cracks have appeared at Manchester City. They started the season imperiously, but they've stuttered in recent weeks. The absence of their favoured central defensive duo, Vincent Kompany and Eliquim Mangala, has been a major factor. They'll still be missing tomorrow. So why can't Newcastle make hay in Manchester ? Why can't Mitrovic and Perez run riot ? Well, no reason really. If your black and white glass is half full then head to the North West full of optimism.

Unless you choose to take the "wake up and smell the coffee" view. Newcastle WERE better last weekend. But they didn't close out the win. They've yet to win a league game this season. Manchester City HAVE stuttered recently. But they'll still probably line up with a front three of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne, which is capable of ripping defences to shreds. Basically, they're still Manchester City and they still start as favourites to win this match.

But whether you're a knee jerker or a coffee smeller, this suddenly doesn't seem as clear cut as it did a few weeks ago.

  • Watch Newcastle United Head Coach Steve McClaren give his thoughts ahead of the trip to Manchester City

Bookies slash odds on Advocaat and McClaren being first to go

Bookies have cut the odds on Dick Advocaat and Steve McClaren being the first and second Premier League managers to leave their clubs Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bookmakers William Hill have slashed the odds on Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat being the first Premier League manager to leave his job to 6/4.

Behind him are Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who are level in the betting at 2/1.

"It hasn't been a great third round for the under pressure managers but it is so close as to who will leave first out of Advocaat, Rodgers and McClaren"

– Joe Crilly, William Hill spokesman

Both Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC have had disappointing starts to the season. Newcastle were knocked out of the Capital One cup on Wednesday, September 23, after losing 1-0 at home to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, their fourth consecutive loss. Sunderland, meanwhile, suffered a heavy defeat in round three, losing 4-1 to Manchester City.

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