Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will today consider whether to make a fresh approach to the Premier League over whether he can sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby.
Following injuries to number one Tim Krul and back-up Rob Elliot, the Magpies have had to field inexperienced Jak Alnwick in recent matches.
Premier League rules prohibited Pardew from bringing in emergency loan cover, meaning the 21-year-old started the 4-1 loss at Arsenal and last night's 4-0 defeat to Tottenham.
Alnwick's error gifted Spurs the first goal of the Capital One Cup quarter-final, but, more worryingly, he could be absent for Sunday's match against fierce rivals Sunderland.
A shoulder injury means the Magpies could have to rely on 17-year-old Freddie Woodman for the derby - a situation Pardew hopes to avoid by making another appeal to the Premier League.
"He has an injury to his shoulder so we're going to have to see," Pardew said of Alnwick. "It is something we might have to look at tomorrow because there is no way that a 17-year-old [Freddie Woodman] - that's our fourth-choice - should be allowed to go in goal at this level.
"We will perhaps talk to the Premier League tomorrow about Jak's situation."
Asked if Alnwick's injury would have to be independently assessed before a loan was allowed, Pardew said: "I am not actually sure. I'd have to speak to the chief executive.
"The rules do allow you to have an emergency goalkeeper, I do know that, if you've only got one senior fit goalie. Freddie is classed as a senior even though he is 17 because he is a professional."
Pardew claims not to have thought about who he could bring in to help sort a goalkeeping situation, muddied further by the fact Newcastle have loaned Karl Darlow to Nottingham Forest.
As for Tottenham, Emmanuel Adebayor could return when they take on Burnley buoyed by a fine performance against the Magpies. Asked if this was the best Spurs display since he took charge, Mauricio Pochettino, whose side face Sheffield United in the semi-finals, said: "I don't know but maybe. Maybe. It was at home, it is in front of our supporters and we go to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.