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Steve Bruce Could Get Massive Boost If Player Passes Fitness Test

A few local reports have confirmed that Newcastle’s right wing-back/left-winger Matt Ritchie has returned to training this week. He will be assessed after training tomorrow and a decision will be made as to whether he will be included in the squad for Sunday’s fixture against Arsenal.

Ritchie injured his hamstring against Hibs a week and a half ago but it seems to have not been too serious at all. It will be a nice boost to have the twenty-nine year old back in the squad.

Ritchie made 39 appearances last season for the Magpies with 3 goals and 9 assists. It will be good to have as much continuity going into this first match as is possible after such a transitional summer.

If Ritchie can make the squad, it will leave Florian Lejeune (knee), Andy Carroll (ankle), DeAndre Yedlin (Groin), Dwight Gayle (calf), and Christian Atsu (Knee) as players who will not be available for Sunday. There is also news that Jack Colback may be suffering from a slight knee injury as well.

93 comments so far

  • toon22

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #81

    Hiya Munster



  • Mindshaft

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #82

    Munster, think you’re forgetting that Rafa got us more points in the last 10 games – if we had managed that average under mcclaren we’d have been easily mid table – you can’t have it both ways

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #83

    Can’t believe Lazaar, Aarons and Saivet aren’t even in the squad. Absolute joke. Aarons did well during pre-season. What’s going on? Can’t believe Hayden, Dummett and Elliot made the squad. Disgrace.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #84

    We only have 3 keepers. Elliot had to be selected otherwise we’d be left with 2 keepers, you pillock

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #85

    Lazaar is going to Italy by all accounts , Carroll took Colbacks squad place I guess – Aaron’s will be loaned out to whoever will take him – another toon youngster who didn’t fulfil early promise

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #86


    Joelinton for £40M was a PR job

    And so was AC for free.

    I don’t quite get that.

    Run it past me again……..

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #87

    Shouldn’t have got rid of Murphy. Light on wingers now. Still need 2 strikers, 1 playmaker, 1 left back and 1 winger in January.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #88

    We signed a new keeper from Preston earlier on in the window. Could utilise him.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #89

    Saivet was player of the acon. He’s miles ahead of Hayden.

  • MickyZee

    Aug 9, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #90

    About Steve Bruce

    Not as highly decorated or esteemed as Rafa ( in fairness how many are) but he a decent manager, as I say not an esteemed manager, but in fairness has he had the chance, Sad lot down the road, Wigan, Birmingham, you never know coming home may take him to another level, but what I will say is that I admire his balls and his bravery.

    He was revered at Sheff Wed, done a great for them, the club and the fans were desperate for him to stay, yet he has thrown that adulation and that comfort away to join us knowing that after Rafa he is onto a hiding to nothing, so why would he fo that, quite simply, he is one of us and he wants to do as much as he can to help the club that he loves, let’s give the man a chance.

  • lukes26

    Aug 9, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #91

    Newcastle 2019/20

    Final Position: 11th
    Top Scorer: Joelinton
    Most Assists: Almiron
    Most Disappointing Signing: Saint Maximin
    # of Caps Before Carroll Injured: 4
    Top 4: Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal
    Relegated Teams: Burnley, Sheffield, Norwich

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #92

    Spot on Mickey

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #93

    Ronaldo, no worries, good to discuss. As for Rafa i’ll let the more extreme oddballs here enjoy wallowing in his infallibility. Wake me up when you discover the horizon, and i hope you give the new manager half as much tolerance. At least we wont have to listen to moans about the budget that he played on every chairman or stories of needing miracles to survive lmao.


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