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Steve Bruce confirms on Friday that four Newcastle United players are ruled out of West Ham match

1 year ago
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At least five Newcastle United players won’t be making the trip to West Ham.

At his pre-West Ham press conference, Steve Bruce gave an update on a number of players regarding injury and fitness.

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

Sean Longstaff was sent off in the last match and now misses Bournemouth and Aston Villa, as well as West Ham.

However, another four Newcastle United players are also ruled out.

Despite speculative positive reports in the media, there was never any chance of Florian Lejeune being involved on Saturday.

The defender so far having had only 45 minutes of reserve team football in seven months.

Steve Bruce saying Lejeune will once again play for the reserves against Villa on Monday, with the hope of him lasting 80 minutes.

Steve Bruce saying a realistic target is end of November before the Frenchman has a chance of featuring.

As for Fabian Schar, the head coach says he definitely won’t play at West Ham but hopes he could be back for Bournemouth in eight days time.

No return date for Matt Ritchie, Steve Bruce confirming that his absence will now go beyond 10 weeks as a minimum.

The one positive though, the Head Coach saying that if Andy Carroll has no problems in training on Friday morning, he will be in the squad for West Ham.

Steve Bruce:

“Florian Lejeune will play again at Aston Villa on Monday night.

“Hopefully he will get 75 or 80 minutes in that one.

“We have another international break coming up and hopefully after that he’ll be available.

Fabian Schar could be OK for Bournemouth.

“He has been sore with his knee for a while but we don’t think it’s too serious.

“Andy Carroll has trained the last couple of days, so he will come back into the squad.

“It’s still too early for Matt Ritchie.”

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