Steve Bruce confirms Sean Longstaff injury as seven Newcastle players set to miss Liverpool game
Steve Bruce gave an update on Tuesday regarding the injury situation at Newcastle United.
The NUFC Head Coach was hoping that nobody would add to the injury list when they come back off international duty.
Bruce indicated that six players would be definitely not starting Saturday’s game at Anfield.
Longer-term injuries Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin, although the USMNT international is maybe getting close to a place on the bench as he nears full fitness.
Matt Ritchie will of course be missing. However, Steve Bruce believes that rather than the early eight week absence predicted, the Scottish international could be back in only four or five weeks.
Andy Carroll is back training but only ‘non-contact’, Bruce saying mid-October at the very earliest before he might be back.
Whilst as for Allan Saint-Maximin who Steve Bruce stupidly started at Tottenham only 48 hours after he returned to full training, there is no suggested return date.
The worst news is on Dwight Gayle, as Steve Bruce says there is still no improvement on his calf injury which has ruled the striker out since Bruce’s arrival at the club.
On Friday morning the head coach met the media for his pre-Liverpool press conference and there was more bad news.
Sean Longstaff definitely misses Saturday and Steve Bruce says it will be a couple of days before they find out how severe it is.
So it looks like at least seven players missing at Liverpool but with so few other options AND te progress he has made, Sean’s brother Matty could well make the bench tomorrow.
Steve Bruce pre-Liverpool press conference:
“Unfortunately Sean Longstaff turned an ankle in training so won’t be in contention for Saturday. It’s one of those freak injuries. We won’t know how severe it is for a couple of days.”
“Matt Ritchie’s been quite remarkable in his recovery – he’s shocked us all. We weren’t expecting to see him for a couple of months, but with the way he’s trained yesterday and the day before – as long as there’s no reaction – I don’t think he’s too far away.
“It’s still a bit early for Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin, but they’ve made big progress this week. Andy’s away to see a specialist this afternoon. Touch wood, he’s delighted with how it’s gone so far. With Allan, we’re erring on the side of caution.
“The core of the (Newcastle) squad have been together a couple of years and they’re a really honest and genuine group. When you’ve got that, you’re capable of doing anything. They’ve gone to Spurs and won and they beat Man City last year, so they’ve got it in them.
“Records are there to be broken (Newcastle haven’t won in Premier League at Anfield since 1994). Up front they’re as good as I’ve seen, so we’ll have to defend well. It’s always been a big fixture, and you want to go there and take them on. It’s what we’re in it for.”
On Miguel Almiron, who scored his first international goal this week for Paraguay:
“I hope it can be important. He’s done very well here. Unfortunately he just hasn’t been able to score. I’ve always said that he needs to get a goal, and hopefully he’ll settle down a bit.”
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