Steve Bruce confirms just the 7 Newcastle United players missing Manchester City match
Steve Bruce has been talking to journalists ahead of Friday night’s game at St James Park against Manchester City.
This week saw Man City fans celebrating winning the Premier League title.
Whilst recent days saw Newcastle United fans also ‘celebrating’, for them the confirmed opportunity to watch their club try and crawl through another Premier League season to safety under Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce, unless anything of significance changes.
Manchester City will be challenging themselves to win the Premier League by as many points as possible, before their first ever Champions League final, against Chelsea.
Any point / points would of course be very much welcomed by Newcastle United as they look to win the race not to finish seventeenth this season.
The three shocking teams already relegated at the very bottom, with then currently Brighton ten points clear of the doomed trio in seventeenth, Newcastle only two points ahead in sixteenth.
When it comes to team selection to hopefully bring about that victory, Steve Bruce has given a Thursday update on fitness and availability.
The Newcastle United Head Coach revealing that seven Newcastle United players will miss Friday’s match against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Fabian Schar will miss out in his second of the three matches he is banned for, only able to play against Fulham in the very final game.
Elliot Anderson has a hip injury and is set to miss the rest of the season.
Whilst Karl Darlow, Ryan Fraser, Isaac Hayden and Jamaal Lascelles are all still ruled out with ongoing injury / fitness issues.
Making it up to the seven mark, Steve Bruce says that Callum Wilson actually isn’t too bad as hamstring injuries usually go, just our for two or three weeks. However, that coinciding with the last couple of weeks of the season.
So in total, at least seven Newcastle United players ruled out for tomorrow night. Bruce adding that he isn’t aware of any new injuries after the weekend other than Wilson.
However, Joe Willock is available, Steve Bruce revealing that when the loan player was the first to be subbed at Leicester, it turned out to be just a touch of cramp and nothing more serious. The NUFC Head Coach stating that Willock will play against Man City.
Steve Bruce speaking to BBC Newcastle ahead of the match against Manchester City:
On Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury:
“Thankfully, it’s not a bad as the last one was.
“I kick myself, really – in hindsight, I should have taken him off before that.
“It’s his other side.
“We’d expect it to be two or three weeks.”
On Joe Willock:
“He’s OK, he’s trained all week.
“It was cramp.
“We all feared the worst with that but, he’s fine and he’ll play.”
“We all don’t want to be just always in the bottom half.
“We’ve got to take small steps forward – because that’s the way it is – and improve.
“If we can achieve the points we got last year, with the problems we’ve had, I’ll have to accept it.”
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