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Training update – Steve Bruce spotted but still 5 Newcastle United players notable by absence

6 months ago

Today (Thursday 8 July) has seen Newcastle United release another pre-season training ground update.

The images released, showing Newcastle United players training ahead of the new season.

Today’s photos finally showed Steve Bruce, the first we have seen or heard from him since the end of last season.

Amongst the text that went with Thursday’s photo gallery, the Newcastle United update included:

‘Steve Bruce’s squad head to Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, near York, for a training camp next week and having undergone testing on Tuesday and timed running drills on Wednesday, Thursday saw a double session with some ball work in the morning followed by gym sessions on the afternoon.’

The photos published by Newcastle United this week, including Thursday’s latest, have featured Steve Bruce and the following 21 players from what we could see:

Jamal Lewis, Jacob Murphy, Freddie Woodman, Isaac Hayden, Javier Manquillo, Dwight Gayle, Florian Lejuene, Jamaal Lascelles, Elliot Anderson, Yoshinori Muto, Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin, Federico Fernandez, Kelland Watts, Jeff Hendrick, Karl Darlow, Joelinton, Mark Gillespie, Callum Wilson, Dan Langley and Paul Dummett.

Those who have been involved in international football were always going to be handed an extension before having to return to the training ground, so that explains the absence of Fabian Schar, Miguel Almiron, Ryan Fraser, Emil Krafth and Martin Dubravka.

So when it comes to others missing from this week’s images we have Sean Longstaff, Ciaran Clark, Andy Carroll, Jonjo Shelvey and Matty Longstaff.

I think the smart money says that Andy Carroll has not been signed up for another season, at least not so far.

Which then leaves the so far unexplained absences of Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark and the Longstaff brothers. Graeme Jones of course another staff member not included but he is still with England, as they go for glory at Wembley on Sunday night.

The clock is ticking with only four days until the pre-season training camp starts, ten days until the first pre-season friendlies, thirty eight days until the Premier League season kicks off for Newcastle United.

Today is also day thirty of the summer transfer window with seemingly no movement or attempted signings whatsoever, fifty four days of the transfer window to go after today but of course we need extra quality in ASAP to give them a chance to hit the ground running.


Wednesday 9 June

Summer transfer window opens.

Wednesday 16 June

Premier League fixtures released at 9am. Newcastle facing West Ham at home in their first match (Sunday 15 August 2pm live on Sky) of the new PL season.

Monday 5 July

Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.

The Premier League announce which games have been selected in September for live TV.

Government announce that full capacity football stadiums are set to be allowed, once restrictions are lifted on 19 July 2021.

Saturday 10 July

Copa America final in Brazil – Argentina v Brazil.

Sunday 11 July

Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley – England v Italy.

Monday 12 July

Pre-season training camp begins at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer, staying until the following Sunday (18 July) when the squad (split in two) will then go and play two friendlies at nearby venues.

Sunday 18 July

Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day.

Away at York City with a 2pm kick-off and also away at Harrogate Town with another 2pm kick-off (York have said no Newcastle fans will be allowed, no word from Harrogate yet on tickets).

Friday 23 July 

Friendly at Doncaster Rovers away (7pm kick-off), with Rovers stating Newcastle United are getting an allocation of tickets but no word as yet from NUFC as to when they go on sale.

Tuesday 27 July

Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.

Friday 30 July

NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Saturday 7 August

Newcastle play Norwich at St James Park in a friendly, with a 2pm kick-off.

Sunday 15 August

Newcastle kick off at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 21 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.

Saturday 28 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.

Monday 30 August

First international break starts.

Tuesday 31 August

Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.

Saturday 11 September

Match not selected for live TV, so 3pm – Man Utd away.

Friday 17 September

Match moved for live TV so 8pm – Leeds home (Sky Sports).

Saturday 25 September

Match not selected for live TV, so 3pm – Watford away.

Monday 4 October

Second international break starts.

Monday 8 November

Third international break starts.

Monday 21 March 2022

Fourth international break starts.

Sunday 22 May 2022

Premier League 2021/22 season ends.


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