Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear admits a fresh injury crisis could leave the club with major problems.
Kinnear is only too well aware of the lack of depth within the squad he inherited from Kevin Keegan, and with Uruguayan midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez having joined Mark Viduka and Alan Smith on the long-term casualty list, knows they cannot afford to lose many more bodies.
He said: "If we can keep our best team together, then we are a far better, stronger side than we are when we lose key players. We have got enough ammunition about us, providing - and there is a proviso - that we stay with the squad we have got."
He added: "If we pick up injuries, then we struggle. That's our Achilles heel. If two or three key players hit the wall, then we struggle to replace them, and that is something that should be addressed in the long term as we come to the next window."
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