Steve Bruce gives worrying update on midfield duo’s injury situation
Steve Bruce has given an injury update after Saturday’s defeat at Aston Villa.
Newcastle United making it two defeats in two games, with only Norwich keeping them off the very bottom of the Premier League.
However, Steve Bruce revealed that having no points on the board so far, wasn’t the only big worry for Newcastle.
The Newcastle United Head Coach asked about the situation regarding Isaac Hayden.
Steve Bruce confirming that the midfielder ‘has hurt his knee again’, an injury that kept Hayden out for the final nine weeks of the 2020/21 season when forced off at Brighton just before half-time back in March.
Just before half-time on Saturday, Isaac Hayden once again dropped to the ground and was beating his fist off the pitch, in obvious pain. Despite that, after treatment on and then off the pitch, Hayden limped back into the action and was still clearly in pain, then immediately booked as he pulled a player back by the shirt who he was incapable of chasing after.
That half ended with Aston Villa’s opening goal, Isaac Hayden barely jumping and making a poor effort to try and prevent Mings heading the long throw on to Ings, who produced that brilliant volleyed finish.
Isaac Hayden not appearing for the second-half and maybe it would have been best all round if he’d been subbed before half-time when clearly in pain, both in terms of defending / competing on the pitch, but particularly if Hayden has ended up making this injury even worse by going back on.
In his interview with NUFC TV, Steve Bruce definitely looks worried, even although he adds ‘but lets hope he is ok..’
Hmmm, having been out for the final couple of months last season when hurting his knee, having done so again and by Bruce’s body language, you have to be worried as to how long he will be out for.
The season started with Steve Bruce having Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden as his first choice central midfield pairing but it now looks odds on they will both miss the Southampton game and indeed, maybe significantly longer.
Asked specifically whether Jonjo Shelvey will be out ‘long-term’, Steve Bruce refused to answer that directly and instead said: ‘I can’t see him being back this week, at all.’
Jonjo Shelvey damaged his calf and missed almost the entire pre-season, playing only 76 minutes in late friendlies. Despite that, Steve Bruce put him straight in to start the West Ham game, Shelvey managing just 70 minutes before being subbed. It emerged after that match, Jonjo Shelvey had now damaged his other calf.
One positive is that there’s the first international break coming after Saturday’s Southampton match, a two week gap before Man Utd away.
However, even that feels like it will be too soon when judged by Bruce’s body language and the way he speaks in this club interview.
There had been talk of Sean Longstaff possibly being sold before this window closes but my guess is that this will now not happen. Whilst Bruce had also said that Matty Longstaff was likely to go out on loan. Both brothers see their contracts end in June 2022.
We do of course have Jeff Hendrick waiting in the wings…
Steve Bruce speaking to NUFC TV after the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa:
“Isaac Hayden went off at half-time, it looked like his knee, he tried to play on, what’s he looking like?”
“He has hurt his knee again, which is a worry.
“And what with Jonjo…we’re a bit short in there, but lets hope he is ok.”
“And with Jonjo, is that a long-term term thing or…”
“I can’t see him being back this week, at all.”
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