Steve Bruce confirms 4 Newcastle United players set to miss Leeds
Steve Bruce has been talking to the media ahead of the match against Leeds United.
St James Park 3pm on Friday, with Newcastle United hoping to crawl out of the relegation zone.
A nightmare start to the season with a cup exit and one point from a possible twelve, then after Leeds a tricky period of games with Tottenham and Chelsea at home, as well as Watford, Wolves and Palace away.
The injury / fitness / availability situation not surprisingly was high on the agenda today, with concerns about a number of players,
Steve Bruce speaking to BBC Newcastle about the injury / fitness situation
“He’s had a setback.
“Just when we thought he was close – and he was back training – he’s uncomfortable again.
“It’s the same (calf) injury.”
“His recovery is going as well as it can.
“These things are about time and, unfortunately, Friday comes too quick for him.”
“He’s coming along nicely.
“Thankfully, the wound that was badly infected has gone.
“He’s hoping he’ll be back on the grass next week, so that’s a bit of good news.”
“He’s trained for the last couple of days and put himself in contention.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as we all thought when we saw a picture of him on crutches.”
Steve Bruce asked about who plays in goal against Leeds:
“The hardest part of my job has always been, over the last 20 years, picking a team.
There’s a decision to be made and I’ll make that in the next 24 hours.”
So Ryan Fraser set to be available but Wilson, Dubravka and Dummett all continue on the injury list.
That latter trio were all missing from official club photos released after Wednesday’s training session.
Jonjo Shelvey was also missing from the training images and Steve Bruce confirmed Thursday morning that he still remains absent.
Javier Manquillo was also missing from yesterday’s training images but Bruce says that the Spaniard and Clark and Willock, are all fine, having shaken off knocks suffered against Man Utd.
Sean Longstaff couldn’t be seen on any of Wednesday’s training photos but no specific mention of the midfielder at Steve Bruce’s press conference, so presumably fit and available against Leeds.
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