After Friday injury update this is set to be the Newcastle team v Bournemouth
Just over 24 hours until we find out the Newcastle team v Bournemouth.
Steve Bruce’s team selection to be revealed at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.
For the Newcastle United Head Coach, is the team selection straightforward?
“Matt Ritchie has had a bit of a setback, which we’re uneasy about.
“We thought he was fit and getting ready for the game last Saturday and, unfortunately, pulled up.
“Fabian Schar – it’s a bit early for him.
“It’s still a little bit early for Lejeune but we’re delighted with his progress.
“He has come through another week and played at Aston Villa (for the under 23s) on Monday for 70 minutes.”
Sean Longstaff is ruled out as it is the second game of his three match suspension and with the above trio not considered until after the international break, does the side pick itself?
Last Saturday Newcastle United lined up as follows at West Ham:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton
Coming back from long-term injury it was always unlikely Lejeune or Ritchie would have been considered for a start.
However, if Fabian Schar had been available after just a couple of games out, it could have been a bit of a dilemma for Steve Bruce.
Federico Fernandez has done well but Fabian Schar has been Newcastle’s best player these past 15 months and gives better balance, as well as being better on the ball.
Newcastle’s defence wasn’t great once Steve Bruce had them drop so deep after going 3-0 up in 51 minutes and the two goals were poor ones to give away. However difficult to see any other defenders being considered, though Paul Dummett will always be ready to step back in.
The front three gave the team pretty much everything apart from goals and Gayle & Carroll appear destined to be on the bench once again.
Whilst in central midfield, Shelvey will surely be given the chance again alongside Isaac Hayden. The only remotely possible change would be Matty Longstaff but he was poor to average in the two matches before West Ham, after his stunning Premier League debut against Man Utd.
So unless Steve Bruce is keeping quiet on any other injuries, it looks like a case of same again with Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton set to be the Newcastle tam v Bournemouth.
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