Beleaguered Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear admitted "it is one thing after another" at the moment after losing Michael Owen and Joey Barton for six and 10 weeks respectively.
Both men limped out of the Magpies 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday, Owen with a cracked ankle and Barton with a broken metatarsal.
"It is one thing after another and life is seriously tough at the moment," said Kinnear.
The Newcastle boss has little room to manoeuvre in the transfer market either after revealing the full extent of owner Mike Ashley's losses during the current financial turmoil.
"The credit crunch is killing us," said Kinnear.
"Mike has lost £2billion quid in his own businesses and shares. He is just about paying the wages but it is not an easy situation.
"You look at Tottenham paying £16million here and £14million there. I would love to spend money like that but I can't. You can see why so many people bottled this job."
City counterpart Mark Hughes has no such concerns, however, and feels new arrival Craig Bellamy has already started to pay off his £10million Manchester City price-tag.
"People concentrate on Craig's personality and demeanour but I think he has won a lot of people over already with the manner of his performance," said Hughes.
"There are not many people like him on the open market. We got a good deal because as far as I am concerned it is money well spent."
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