Steve Bruce’s press conference tomorrow for Saturday’s match at Norwich City will have some intrigue for Newcastle fans. We will be interested to hear about how Steve feels this past week went in training. Also, there should be some updates on how some of the new signings are progressing. We may even get some insight into any tactical changes that Steve may have been working on.
One area that we are not expecting any revelations in is injuries. We have seen that Jonjo Shelvey has returned to training this week after a knee problem forced him to be replaced in the Arsenal match. So we would expect him to be available for Norwich City.
Matt Ritchie was able to play the entire game against Arsenal. So he should be fit and available as well. Ritchie also ended up not missing any time due to his pre-season hamstring injury.
Steve Bruce noted after the match against Arsenal that both Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett were not feeling well before the match. That led Steve Bruce to be extra cautious in naming his substitutions. However, both made it through unscathed while playing the full 90 minutes.
So that should leave just four players, barring any surprises, who will not be available for Saturday’s match at Carrow Road. All of them are returning from long-term problems.
- Florian Lejeune – Florian has been out since suffering the injury to his left knee against Crystal Palace on April 6th. This was his second major knee injury in less than a year. He suffered a similar injury to his right knee in pre-season last summer. Florian was shown kicking the ball around in June and also doing fitness training when he returned for pre-season on July 4th. He is currently on schedule with his recovery though no return date has been set.
- DeAndre Yedlin – DeAndre had surgery on his groin in May. He returned to training on August 10th but suffered a set back. Steve Bruce has said that he will be out of the squad for another 3-4 weeks.
- Dwight Gayle – Dwight has not featured at all in pre-season due to a pesky calf injury. There has been no mention of a possible return date.
- Andy Carroll – Andy Carroll is still regaining fitness after ankle surgery in April. There have been many reports recently that September 14th at Anfield is that target date for his return. Though we think the club will be extra cautious with Andy so it could be a little later than that.