“They are five lads who could start in the team,” said the Magpies boss.
“We’ve just got to play it day by day. It just shows that when I talk about how important the depth of the squad is because you can lose four or five in seven days because of this period.
“Rob has to go and see a specialist, while Shola, Forte and Duffy are touch and go.
“Adam Collin is still a couple of weeks away, while Occy (O’Connor) returned to the training pitch this week which was lovely to see him running around the pitch.
“But it wasn’t about the lads who were missing on Saturday. I thought the lads who played deserved to get a draw.
“They did more than enough, but the defeat just came from sloppy defending on our part.”