Steve Bruce told the media DeAndre Yedlin has picked up a knock and looks likely to be out of Saturday’s clash with Manchester City, which opens the door for whoever replaces him.
The American scored a crucial goal in Newcastle’s win over Bournemouth in their last home game, but was very poor against Aston Villa on Monday.
That latest display followed on from some poor showings for the US national team, for which he picked up a lot of criticism on social media.
There are two obvious candidates to replace Yedlin, but Bruce could have another couple of bold options he could take.
The easy choice would be to recall either Emil Krafth or Javier Manquillo, with the former the most likely to be given the nod, having been on the bench on Monday, and not had a huge amount of opportunities since his arrival.
The Swede has struggled to get to grips with Premier League football during the few appearance he has made, but with Manquillo largely anonymous in Bruce’s opening games as Newcastle manager, it would be a surprise if the Spaniard was named in the lineup.
Bruce could make a bold change at right-back
But if Bruce wanted to be a bit more daring, he could move Federico Fernandez to right back, thus giving him the opportunity to get Florain Lejeune back into the side at his preferred central role.
Fabian Schar is likely to return, probably at the expense of Paul Dummett, but moving Fernandez wide and bringing Lejeune into the side could prove to be a masterstroke, with the French defender offering Newcastle something they simply do not have without him.
Although the logical choice would be for Bruce to hand the start to Krafth, we would love to see him go for the Fernandez option, as any decision that will see Lejeune in the starting lineup, will make Newcastle a better side, and will be a risk worth taking.