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Steve Bruce Aston Villa press conference feedback – ‘They’re bouncing around the place…’

11 months ago

Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Aston Villa press conference.

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

The thirteenth Premier League game of the season and Newcastle looking for what would be three wins in a row for the first time under Steve Bruce.

Steve Bruce will be missing Matt Ritchie who is still not right, though both Schar and Lejeune are ready to return if having no setback in training.

Bruce revealing that Matt Ritchie has been to see a specialist once again this week.

Lascelles is out injured until 2020 and Sean Longstaff suspended, whilst Ciaran Clark is now an injury worry after picking up a hamstring injury whilst on international duty.

A winning team is a happy team and Steve Bruce says: ‘The difference in a couple of weeks with a couple of wins is remarkable. They’re bouncing around the place and training has been as lively as it has been.’

Here’s hoping they are still bouncing after Monday night.

Steve Bruce talking on Thursday morning:

“The difference in a couple of weeks with a couple of wins is remarkable.

“They’re bouncing around the place and training has been as lively as it has been.

“We’ve got one or two knocks but we’ve got one or two getting back so let’s hope we can keep the run going.”

On the break:

“It is what it is.

“I think over the years we’ve got used to playing on a Monday night, Friday night, Sunday morning – whatever it is.

“It gives everyone a chance to get over the knocks and niggles that they’ve had.”

On returning to Villa:

“I had the privilege to manage there and you’re always disappointed with the way it ends.

“I thought I would have demanded more time but that wasn’t the case.

“It’s a great club with big tradition and history but I want to go back and beat them.”

On Miguel Almiron:

“He has got two in three (it is actually two in four) in internationals.

“I thought he was sensational against Bournemouth.

“I’ve never seen anybody in 20 years cover the distance and play with the intensity he does.

“It’ll come because he’s a multi-talented player.

“If he scores once it’ll open up.”

On injuries:

“Where we’ve got one or two back fit we’ve maybe lost one or two with the internationals but that’s how it is.

“Ciaran Clark is our biggest worry.

“After coming on for Ireland he’s got a knock so we’ll see how he is.”

On Matt Ritchie:

“It’s still ongoing.

“He went to see his specialist again yesterday.

“It’s a difficult one because he was so close a couple of weeks ago and unfortunately had a setback.

“It’s difficult and frustrating for him.”

On returning players:

“Lejeune and Schär have trained all the past two weeks so they come into the reckoning.

“The big one is Flo because he’s been out so long but he’s ready to go and the same goes for Fab.

“As long as they come through the next two or three days unscathed.”


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