On the morning after the defeat at Southampton Sam Allardyce was left looking down his long injury list and had another addition, Yohan Cabaye, who is already unlikely to make Monday's game against Arsenal.
Allardyce is looking to his staff to work hard over the coming weeks to reduce the number of visitors to the medical room but with the congested fixture list his selection options are further reduced.
"Our injury problems are too extensive for us at the moment and including our long term casualties we do have a list which is concerning considering we have so many games in a short space of time at the moment.
"In addition to this we lost Yohan Cabaye at half time during the Southampton game with a calf injury which will more than likely see him miss the Arsenal game on Monday. We will see how that settles down but even though it shouldn’t be too long out for him but with the amount of games we have it means someone could miss three games if they are out for a week."
In better news there will be two players returning for selection on Monday in a piece of positive news from the medical team.
"Hopefully James McArthur will be available but he hasn’t done an awful lot of football work since being out with his back spasm injury although we are hopeful of having him available and we will have Joe Ledley back, returning after his wife gave birth to a baby boy, so congratulations to both of them on that."