Newcastle United’s midseason “training camp” in Spain is going on without its starting striker.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, the $20 million signing who’s been in plenty of finishing positions but only scored five goals, is set for some time on the sidelines after suffering a knee ligament injury.
“We’re only bringing players here who can actually train over the next four days, and play in the game on Saturday.
“Mitro has a medial ligament injury, so it could be a couple of weeks – we’re hoping not too long.”
Fortunately for Newcastle they spent big on attackers in January and have some options in formation for the pivotal stretch run, which includes a March run of Stoke City, Bournemouth, Leicester City and Sunderland.
Whatever the McClaren has to do, at least he has plenty of time to organize it, and can try things out in a Saturday friendly against Lillestrom; Newcastle is out of the FA Cup and won’t play a meaningful game until March 2 after next weekend’s match against Man City was rescheduled due to the League Cup final.