Steve Bruce pre-Watford press conference – Confirms injury worries for 11 Newcastle players
Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Watford press conference.
The NUFC head coach meeting journalists early Friday morning before training.
Only early in the season but it is looking a massive game for the two clubs currently filling 19th and 20th places.
Injury news dominated the press conference, with Steve Bruce confirming that he has concerns for eleven players ahead of Watford, with six definitely out and five to be assessed later on Friday.
Dwight Gayle – ‘Doesn’t seem to be getting any better’ and he visited a specialist on Thursday.
Andy Carroll – ‘Hopefully somewhere near’ by end of international break in mid-September.
Florian Lejuene – Still recovering from his operation.
DeAndre Yedlin – Now back in training after his operation but won’t be ready for Watford.
Emil Krafth – Struggling for Watford after injury/knock against Leicester and will be assessed later on Friday.
Jetro Willems – Struggling for Watford after injury/knock against Leicester and will be assessed later on Friday.
Allan Saint-Maximin – Out for another five weeks or so after the Head Coach rushed him back too early against Tottenham.
Matt Ritchie – ‘A horror tackle (on Wednesday night) and not great news. We think maybe two months as there is ankle ligament damage as well as bruises and cuts. He (Ritchie) is angry, disappointed and frustrated.”
Miguel Almiron – ‘Has a bit of a problem with ankle’ but will be available against Watford if gets through training ok today.
Joelinton and Jamaal Lascelles – Steve Bruce says he hopes both will come through training without any further issues today.
Also at the Steve Bruce pre-Watford press conference:
“In the last 48 hours we’ve concentrated on Watford and they’ve got a very, very good team.
“They’ve had a bad start but anyone can lose three games in the Premier League.
“We’ve got a really difficult game.
“If we can get a positive result tomorrow, it’ll have been a decent start.
“Let’s hope we can pull it off – back-to-back wins are crucial in the Premier League.”
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