Steve Bruce spoke to NUFC TV after last night’s Carabao Cup defeat. During his interview, Bruce gave an update on the current injury situation that has hit the squad.
Going into the game, there were a couple of players who missed out due to minor knocks from the Tottenham win on Sunday. The game yesterday saw three players have to be substituted due to injuries to add to the list.
Bruce was first asked about Matt Ritchie who was forced off just before halftime from a Hamza Choudhury tackle. This is what Bruce said about Ritchie’s injury:
“When I see the mess and the state of his leg, he’s lucky. He’s very, very lucky it’s not even more. We have to see scans to see how bad the ankle is.”
We’ll have to see those scans go for Ritchie’s availability at the weekend. Matt is a tough lad, so it would just like him to shake off any ill effects from the challenge and be available for Watford.
Matt was not the only casualty from last night though his injury does appear to be the most significant of the three. Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth were also brought off with knocks.
This was Steve Bruce’s response when asked for an update on those two:
“Jetro’s got a bit of a hamstring. Emil’s got a bit of a thigh strain, so we’ll see how they are.”
Not too much to go on there, but both players may have been removed as precautions. Particularly Willems, as with Ritchie going down earlier, Bruce needed to make sure one of them will be available for Watford.
Steve Bruce was then asked about Joelinton and Miguel Almiron’s availability for the Watford match. This was his response:
“I sincerely hope so. I couldn’t risk them at all. Joe’s got a bit of a sore groin, and Miggy’s got an ankle, so we hope they’re going to be ok.”
We would expect both Joelinton and Miguel Almiron to be available for this weekend’s match. Their injuries do not appear to be severe at all. Bruce didn’t want to risk either player which is understandable.
It was disappointing to go down on penalties against Leicester, but it was a valiant effort by the lads. Steve Bruce did not have many options in attack, but that will hopefully change once Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle return from their long-term injuries.