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Steve Bruce pre-Chelsea press conference – Confirms 3 Newcastle players ruled out and Matty Longstaff decision

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Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Chelsea press conference.

The NUFC head coach meeting journalists early Friday morning before training.

Only the ninth Premier League game of the season but it is looking a massive match for the two clubs currently filling 5th and 16th places.

Steve Bruce revealing that only three players were ruled out of the game.

The suspended Isaac Hayden and the recovering Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie, though Steve Bruce says both are getting close to a return.

Steve Bruce also said he had to disappoint four or five players who wouldn’t even make the matchday squad.

As for man/boy of the moment, Steve Bruce when asked about Matty Longstaff, replied ‘How could I leave him out?’ at Chelsea.

Steve Bruce on Chelsea:

“The last four games there’s a certain way they’ve become accustomed to playing.

“We all know how many good young players they’ve got.

“Away to Chelsea in the Premier League era – they’ve always been a big team.

“We need to put in another big performance.

“We’ve seen we’re capable, but the big thing is consistency – especially away, it has to be better.

“The Man United result gave everyone a lift at the right time.

“Now we’re going to try and do it again.”

On Frank Lampard:

“He’s a great lad and he was a great, great player.

“For all of us – but especially when you’re young like Frank – the one thing you do require is patience.

“It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for him but he’s making a fist of it, and it’s great to see.”

On Matty Longstaff:

“He’s like a kid in a sweet shop.

“I think it’s been quite refreshing for all of us.

“His interview (after the Man United game) showed what he’s all about…

“I don’t think I’ve witnessed as good a debut – not just the goal, but the whole way he played.

“How could I leave him out (at Chelsea)?

“He has got a big, big future ahead of him.”

On injuries:

“At the minute we only have Matt Ritchie and big Flo (Lejeune) injured.

“We’re nearing towards a full squad. (Those two) are there or thereabouts.”

On Andy Carroll:

“Andy’s doing great, touch wood.

“He came on at Leicester and played another half an hour against Man United and there’s been no reaction to that.

“He’s trained all week again.

“So with Andy, it’s a case of so far, so good.”

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