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Steve Bruce pre-Burnley press conference: New role for Joelinton as injuries bite?

8 months ago
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Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Burnley press conference.

The NUFC Head Coach speaking ahead of Saturday’s game.

Steve Bruce talking to journalists on Friday morning ahead of training.

The Head Coach admitting he could be missing as many as seven players for tomorrow.

Clark, Ritchie, Lascelles, Saint-Maximin and Ki are all definitely out, whilst Bruce says Almiron and Shelvey are also big doubts.

Steve Bruce apparently indicating they are likely to miss, saying he will see whether they can train ok today [Friday] but adds ‘we will err on the side of caution’ when deciding if they can be risked against Burnley.

You have to wonder if some of these injuries could have been avoided, as Steve Bruce only made one change for Southampton despite that coming less than 65 hours after the Sheffield United game ended on the Thursday night.

The Head Coach indicating that Joelinton could finally play in what is possibly his best position, circumstances very likely to see the Brzilian playing wide, with presumably Carroll through the middle.

Steve Bruce asked about the injury/fitness situation ahead of Burnley:

“We have got a few out.

“Clark, Ritchie, Lascelles, Saint-Maximin and Ki are all out.

“We’ve got a couple of question marks over Almiron and Shelvey so we will see how they are today [Friday].

Jonjo Shelvey has a bit of a sore calf and Miguel Almiron has a tight hamstring.

“We will see how they are today and we will make a judgement on them after training [on Friday].

“I don’t think you can take that risk with muscle injuries.

“If they are struggling with it and they pull up and are out for a month or six weeks then we will all look stupid so we will err on the side of caution.”

“He [Allan Saint-Maximin] pulled his hamstring doing 38.6 kilometres an hour in the 96th minute [against Southampton].

“We all bang the drum that a football player can play every day of the week but not with that intensity.

“We will kick ourselves but unfortunately these things happen.”

“It [Joelinton playing wide] is something we are toying with.

“He has played half his career there for his previous club so he’s no stranger to it.

“It may be a different formation, it’s something we have up our sleeve.

“It might give him a big lift as well.

“It is probably the worst time to go there [Burnley].

“Knowing Sean Dyche the way I do, he will not be happy with his last couple of results in particular [lost last three conceding 11 goals] but we know what to expect, we know what’s coming.

“Sean will have them ready.”

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