The Brazilian centre-back has had a difficult (if not humiliating) season, but now he looks destined for a recall to the Magpies squad ... what other options do we have?
Toon To Bring Back Brazilian Misfit?
Taylor and Bassong will be assessed further in the next couple of days, although the former is likely to be missing for at least three weeks.
Cacapa's only appearance since his horror show in the defeat at Fulham in November was as an 82nd minute substitute in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City on December 6.
Habib Beye coulod be asked to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini - with Geremi, David Edgar or Ryan Taylor at rightback.
But Cacapa is the only experienced and recognised centre- back, and thoughts of him facing Dogba ans Anelka are frightening!
I don't doubt his heart, he's committed enough, and I don't doubt his ability ... he's strong and like shit-off-a-stick.
But he doesn't seem to have the IQ for the pace of the Premiership. Opposing players have caught the bus and are eyeball-to-eyeball with the goalkeeper before the Brazilian gets his legs into gear.