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Press Conference Should Reveal No Injury Surprises

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.

67 comments so far

  • jane

    Aug 15, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #1

    King Martoon

    Final League Position – 15th
    Final No. of Points – 42
    League Cup Round – semi-final
    FA Cup Round – 5
    Player of the Season – Isaac Hayden
    Top Goal Scorer – Andy Carroll
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer – 10

  • NY Mag

    Aug 15, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #2


    What’s with the color change?

  • one fine day

    Aug 16, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Robbie from arsenal is a top lad
    Always fair and balanced .even he struggles to understand whats going on but worth a watch .


  • Online Guy

    Aug 16, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley can’t sell St James’s park can he ?

    It’s on toon moor land but he owns the concrete and the steel .

    What’s afoot?

    No Jib , no …!

  • Online Guy

    Aug 16, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #5


    You just morphed I to Jane and took a wobbler !

    Your finally flipped .

    I like it though.

  • Online Guy

    Aug 16, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Predicti e text got me again

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Shelvey wasn’t injured, Bruce just subbed him. Shelvey was furious.

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #8

    OLG good night at the Lochside. One of the guitarists played Local hero, coming home, just for meee. Pity he was from Sunderland. Fantastic player. There was a great Jazz guitarist as well.

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t wait to find out what secrets the Chronicle have re. Ashley. Ooh! Hope it’s they’re true, and he goes to jail. OP can you not give us a criptic clue please.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 16, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #10


    Not saying I disbelieve you re:shelvey….but the “official” line was he had a knock

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #11

    NY Mag now who would you rather believe me or Brucie. You better give the right answer.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #12

    You, of course 🙂

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #13

    NY Mag you can answer me tomorrow! I’m away to bed. And I’ll be sober then I hope good night.

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Ha ha just in time.

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #15

    No really it’s true I said straight after the match on here as k EGB

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #16

    If he’d hurt his knee he wouldn’t be training.

  • carltoon

    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #17

    OP Please a criptic clue re allegations it’s killing me not knowing

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #18

    You don’t agree a deal with someone then say “but I want X, Y, Z” in any culture but Arabs

    You clearly haven’t had any dealings with Arabs

    I have – they would freak out if the first terms were the final terms

    Haggling is a basic part of their culture

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #19

    One of Bruce’s squad problems is Christian Atsu
    returned from the AFCON with a fairly (unspecified)
    long term injury


  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2019 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Can anybody answer this, am I reading right, is Gayle included in the 25 man squad, can it be changed. Colback isn’t but is still in the FF league squad and Gayle isn’t. Anyone pls

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2019 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #21

    NUFC have sold their entire 2,000 allocation,
    But have failed to take up an option for a further 700 places ???

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #22

    fans that didn’t renew ST have had there points total canceled, making it difficult to get tickets,

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Official squad and numbers

    1 Dubravka
    2 Clark
    3 Dummett
    4 Ki SY
    5 Schar
    6 Lascelles
    7 Carroll
    8 Shelvey
    9 Joelinton
    10 Saint-Maximin
    11 Ritchie
    12 Gayle
    13 Muto
    14 Hayden
    15 Willems
    17 Krafth
    18 Fernandez
    19 Manquillo
    20 Lejeune
    21 Elliot
    22 Yedlin
    24 Almiron
    26 Darlow
    30 Atsu
    36 Longstaff S
    43 Longstaff M

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #24

    I wonder why Gayle isn’t included in the FF but Colback is.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Seems weird to give atsu a squad number if he’s returned with a long term injury – surely they could have given it to someone else and rejigged in Jan if atsu fit by then

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib – early start for you today

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #27

    @ Martoon

    Final League Position – 17th
    Final No. of Points – 39
    League Cup Round – 3rd
    FA Cup Round – 5th
    Player of the Season – Dubravka
    Top Goal Scorer – Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer – 9

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Probs just not up dated
    Mindshaft – Kitchen being refitted

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #29

    On this day 200 years ago:

    16 August 1819, the Peterloo massacre

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #30

    The sparky’s from S Shields !!!!
    I hope he’s OK

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #31

    And now the Mancs (City)
    massacre everyone else

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Ron Knee – Peterloo massacre chat on radio 4 now

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #33


  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #34


    Good article here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/16/peterloo-massacre-democratic-era-manchester

    Apparently, the Times is trying to downplay its relevance to today. Can’t think why!

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 16, 2019 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #35

    Thanks Ron – will give it a read

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 16, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Jib – I’ve seen that Pie channel before – so depressing as so very true

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #39

    “No Deal clusterf***k”, Jib!

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 16, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Guardian Pick

    It’s interesting to see the tactical philosophies of last seasons top 6 begin to really firm up. It makes for an interesting season as we get to see different footballing schools of thoughts and their interpretations of the game, with each strengths and weaknesses. Obviously Ole and Lampard are relatively new in their tenures but watching the pre season games and first fixture reveal a telling glimpse.

    Man City: for me, they have the most balanced squad in the league and have the. They aim to play a quick passing attacking game where they dominate possession and use the width of the pitch.

    Spurs: I think they are the most tactically diverse team in the league. They shifted a bit from their early gung ho Bieslan influence which I suspect Poch noticed was too energy sapping for the long league campaign into several ways of playing depending on the opposition. Spurs could easily switch from a 352 wingback system to a 442 diamond to a hybrid formation in the bling on an eye. They are also as proficient at playing a high pressing game as a strictly counter attacking one. Spurs are perhaps the only team, along with City, who would not experience that huge of a drop off if their best player was unavailable.

    Liverpool: They are the best team at pressing in the league though they haven’t shown the usual intensity since the CL win. Their usual tactic is too press high up constricting the space between just outside the opposition box and a couple yards after the center circle on their side, and once possession is turned over, the ball is fed out wide to Salah, Mane or an overlapping fullback for a cut back. Their tactic is probably the most effective in the league as though the opposition know it, it’s very difficult to stop. Only teams with 3 adept and press resistant midfielders and a a ball playing keeper have a chance of countering the tactic. For some reason Sarriball teams like Chelsea last year and in the Super Cup and Napoli in the CL last year and pre season cope decently well against Liverpool’s way of playing.

    Man Utd: After experimenting with a proactive possession based style under Van Gaal which weren’t to some of their fan’s taste, Ole has returned to the type of football which Fergie played in the latter years of his reign after Ronaldo left United. Fast wide players in Martial/James/Rashford in a 4231 supported by 2 players in the pivot once of whom is a ball winner, and the other who can switch the ball out to the flanks to hit teams on the break. The aim seems to get the ball into the opposition’s box within less than a minute from winning it in theirs. Pogba will need to have a big season for this tactic to help United reach their goal of top 4. I think United are the technically least adept team of last season’s top 6, but they may be the most direct. They aim to defend deep and then execute quick counters.

    Arsenal: Emery’s teams in Sevilla were incredibly awkward to play against: they had technical players but with speed on the flanks in players like Jesus Navas. Looks like Arsenal will play the same way. They would block the spaces in midfield well, and then counter behind the spaces once they win the ball using the width of the pitch and players like Pepe and Aubameyang. If they need to keep the ball a bit to diffuse situations they have the players to do so too.

    Chelsea: For me, they are still playing Sarriball at its core, as the set up, movements and formation at the Super Cup shows. But it appears Lampard wants to refine it to the premiership by making the midfielders move the ball forward faster and for both full backs to overlap. Under Sarri, mostly the left back went forward giving us a lop sidedness on that part of the pitch, with Hazard coming in to join the forward, Emerson going wide and Kovacic coming out to cover. We will probably have a better idea of Lampard’s tactics once CHO and Reece return. That said, in pre season Lampard experimented with different shapes including a 442 and a 4231. We saw some nice counter attacking moves against Salzburg releasing Pulisic with neat over the top balls reminiscent of that slick display by Duff and Robben against Ronaldinho’s Barca in the CL during the reign of Mourinho the First.

    Good luck to all the teams.


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