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Jets add Nabbout, Jackson to injury list

AAP logoAAP 23/10/2016 Emma Kemp

Newcastle could be short up to six players when they host Sydney FC this weekend, with Andrew Nabbout and Lachlan Jackson joining the A-League club's busy treatment table.

The Jets overcame a two-goal deficit to pinch a point from Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium on Sunday and continue their unbeaten start to the season.

But it did not come without cost to Mark Jones' already-depleted squad.

Young defender Jackson limped off during the first half with an apparent ankle injury before the exit of in-form winger Nabbout compounded the Jets' woes.

Nabbout hurt his groin during an off-target shot at goal and was promptly subbed off to receive treatment.

"Andrew's had a tight groin for two or three weeks now and with his last kick he's hurt it a little bit more," Jones said.

"But hopefully its nothing too serious.

"We're not sure with Lachy. It's a kick, so we're waiting to see the extent of the injury."

It leaves the pair in doubt Saturday's tough home clash with table-topping Sydney.

First-choice goalkeeper Ben Kennedy (Achilles) and Daniel Alessi (knee) are already sidelined for the season while key defender Daniel Mullen (knee) is set to miss almost half the campaign and Finnish striker Aleksandr Kokko (Achilles) remains uncertain to return.

Jones said what the Jets lack in manpower against the Sky Blues they'll make up in the same self-belief that helped his Nigel Boogaard and Andrew Hoole salvage a draw from seemingly certain defeat.

"We were trying to convince them at half-time that it wasn't too bad," Jones said.

"We had a game plan at halftime to stay in the game.

"They had to believe and be strong.

"We knew if we didn't concede again we were a chance of getting back in the game.

"It is about body language and believing we are good enough, and they got a good reward."

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