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Steve Bruce Says “Signs Are Encouraging” On Player’s Return


We’ve been very impressed with the rapid improvement of Joelinton in playing the number 9 role this season. His past two performances have been outstanding in his hold-up play.

Joelinton is the only option for that role right now. However, that may change in the next few weeks with Andy Carroll edging closer and closer to a return to full training.

There were whispers that next Saturday’s trip to Liverpool was a target date for big Andy’s return. However, he has yet to train with the team so that now seems unlikely.

The Chronicle have published an update from Steve Bruce on the progress of his big Geordie striker:

“I am never going to put an exact time on it.

“The good thing for the supporters is that there’s good work he’s done on the training ground with the rehab and physio people.

“The ankle has had no ill effects. He is not sore and not swollen.

“In the past, that has been the case.

“Let’s hope he can come and train with us for a couple of weeks.

“The early signs are encouraging.”

It is a positive sign that he has suffered no setbacks so far. However, the next step is a return to full training.

We would like to see at least two full weeks of Andy going through training sessions before he is even considered for a place in the matchday squad.

That would make the earliest game for Andy’s return to be at St James Park against Brighton on the 21st of this month. The next fixture is the following Sunday at Leicester City.

However, it’s all going to depend on how Andy fares over the next few weeks when we suspect he will begin training with the lads. If there are no setbacks during these sessions, that would be encouraging signs indeed.


160 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #41

    I see you are also a member of the ” questionning rafa is not allowed, ever” Church. Well done. Very intelligent bunch in there.

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #42

    Narrowly looking at commercial revenue I suspect we’re all in violent agreement. Just on that aspect of the accounts specifically there – may – be some validity to those figures although can’t rule out the club being creative to put it mildly.

    Failure on the pitch has affected our attractiveness. Culpability for that lies at Ashley and his lieutenant’s door with their abysmal appointments/decision making.

    The prominence of red and blue vandalism is at the expense of alternatives has an opportunity cost no question.

    The merchandising tie-ups are opaque but highly likely to be hugely weighed in SD favour based on Rangers to the point where the club makes SD money rather than vice versa.

    So yes there are logical reasons why our figures are so low. Potentially legitimate but disgusting.

    That said hard figures now are not the most reliable barometer. Everything is relative and proportionate shifts upwards by our, then (and should still be) peers – compared to us.

    This particular aspect of the books is either evidence of hopeless or malevolent ownership. Neither to be celebrated.

    Seeing as he is morally bankrupt in the things that have gone on at SD it would hardly be surprising if corruption and false accounting is endemic at the club. It is MUCH more likely than not and is an entirely reasonable assertion. Why any Newcastle supporter assumes the contrary and go into bat for the club I struggle to fathom tbh. It’s not a stretch to say we’re institutionally rotten to the core with legally proven liars at the helm.

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  • dougie

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #43

    Signing crock Carroll is a pisstake of the highest order,the mans never fit for duty.They only brought him in because he was free.Just another gamble by the parasite in the the hope that it will appease us.Same as serial loser Bruce, cos apperantly he,s one of our own.Sports Direct FC at its finest!!

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #44

    Some mangling of sentences and half finished points but you get the gist!

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  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #45

    I wake up every day and honestly feel like Bill Murray, if it’s not the Ashley PR machine, it’s the Alts theory or the financial theory, it’s times like this I wish someone said they wanted to buy the club or Sunderland were still in the premiership so we had something else to talk about.
    Derby day chat was always fun and the result what ever it may be at least gave us a week of chat about the Mackems.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #46

    Genj try to get a solicitor to write your letter or a firm of accountants. What you came up with looked like a student wrote it after a few pints. Anyway good luck in your efforts. We’d all love a good owner but I think the real answer lies in an aggressive buyer willing to pay an inflated price, sadly.

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #47

    Na slate rafa all you want.
    Im not bothered by it bud.
    Rafa is gone and it is a shame, bruce is here lets hope he reigns supreme.
    At this current time i couldnt care less who the manager is as in my opinion every newcastle fan should have one focus, that being doing all they can to make sure we remove mike ashley from anything to do with our football club.

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #48

    Agree that on the pitch is secondary to the state of play off the pitch. I am a culprit for focussing on the latter. It’s a shame but I blame one man. Believe it or not I’m weary of it too. It’s like the B word (politics so not going to say the word) we’re all sick of it. If only that could be mobilised into action but far too many, quite literally, signing up for more of the same.

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #49

    Munster
    Have you seen the letter that was sent to ashley in person, not a digital knock up of it?
    Did you walk 10000 miles to see it in person?
    How do you know what it looked like?
    Tell me which member of the magpie group is a lawyer and has ties to the club?
    Can you tell me anything definitively at all?

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #50

    On the pitch and last thread I think Lascelles is the most overrated player in our history. The idolatry of him with huge flags of his face says a lot about how far we’ve fallen.

    Think about it objectively – Nobody bidding for him and we’re a notorious selling club.

    Southgate won’t go near him, a former centre back himself, and will pick just about any English CB in the league ahead of him.

    Beyond that trust the evidence of your own eyes. Awful on the ball. Always seems to be tiptoeing out of shot when goals go in. Goes AWOL. He looks impressive physically but has a sort of light footed preening quality to his gait that grates on me.

    Good attitude in difficult times for the club bit I rate every CB at the club ahead of him including Dummy. Not for me. Would sell in a heartbeat if anybody actually came in for him.

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  • Australian Pie

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #51

    Lascelles isn’t a world class CB but he is a solid defender and an excellent leader. Don’t undervalue leadership

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #52

    Aus pie
    If a 30 mill bid came in for him what would you do?
    If it was going to invested into the team ofcourse?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #53

    Munster,
    Why does the buyer have to be aggressive, why not a really peaceful buyer that wants to win stuff?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #54

    Is it because your of your very limited vocabulary that when you find a word like defecate, critique and Donnay you like to use it again and again and again?

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  • geordietom

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #55

    what a tangled web we weave …

    should be Ashley’s motto …

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  • geordietom

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #56

    or the full version …

    “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!”…

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  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #57

    Claims to love the toon
    Claims to hate Jabba

    Defends him

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  • Moonraker15

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #58

    83
    You constant and repeated acceptance of Ashley as a fit and proper owner is nauseating!

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #59

    It’s one thing to know a word, another to know why you’re using it. Munster is tickled by the name Tarquin but after two days of questioning he can’t explain why he’s using it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #60

    Munster,

    I think only when you can come to terms with who and what you are, can the healing truly begin.

    I think if anyone has a great propensity to not pay attention to detail and ram home their own personal agenda ad nauseum with total and flagrant disregard for the overwhelming facts to the contrary, then take a bow you patronising – – -.

    Just can’t work out if you are a boorish oaf or an oafish boor or just a very inferior version of jib.

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  • Reilly

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #61

    Mark Douglas
    @MsiDouglas
    ·
    11m
    INEOS confirm they looked at buying #nufc before buying Nice.

    Bob Ratcliffe explains why they didn’t end up buying United.

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  • dougie

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #62

    Munster,Ashley apologist,nothing but a wum,why anybody engages with the fool is beyond me.What a Cnut!

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  • jane

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #63

    “Bob Ratcliffe explains why they didn’t end up buying United.”

    which is?

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  • jane

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #64

    “in my opinion every newcastle fan should have one focus, that being doing all they can to make sure we remove mike ashley from anything to do with our football club.”

    Genjikai you’ve been radicalised. that is dangerous.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #65

    It wasn’t Nice

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  • Reilly

    Sep 8, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #66

    Look for ya seel jib its not hard.
    😉

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  • jane

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #67

    “after two days of questioning he can’t explain why he’s using it.”

    i would stop questioning him about it.

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  • The Wife

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #68

    I agree with dougie about the reasoning behind the hiring of Steve Bruce and bringing back Andy Carroll. It’s “feel good” misdirection to gloss over the fact that they completely mishandled Rafa’s departure and wasted the transfer window.

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  • dougie

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #69

    Sports Direct FC,it’s a hell of a ride,11th choice Bruce,worst record in Premier League history.Its alright though he’s one of our own!Apparently the parasite has got our finances in order.Lol.Its a zombie club,he hates the fans,anyone who defends the slug isn’t a supporter,they are complicit.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #70

    But Jane I want to know why he’s saying it so how will not questioning him help me?

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #71

    So Ineos said they didn’t fancy nufc valued in “hundreds of millons” and decided it wasn’t worth it basically.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #72

    The Steve Bruce feel good idea was a swing and a miss, the Andy Carroll one was pure cheese.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #73

    Moonraker when you say fit and proper do you mean by the laws/authorities in the game or do you mean as a fans perspective of someone you would like to run your club? Two different answers to that I’m afraid.

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  • jane

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #74

    i agree too that is the reason for hiring Steve Bruce and signing Andy Carroll. they are very shrewd.

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #75

    Toon22
    You have outed another jib multiple
    You just make stuff up
    Admit your wrong or you are not creditable

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #76

    We have at least 25-35m left in the kitty so Bowen is definitely a possibility in a position we need to strengthen. I think he could be another Tom Cairney though who I thought would not be good enough for the Prem. Bowen looks a little similar to me without any stand out attributes.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #77

    Saying that only really done Dennis wise scouting on him so can’t judge him really.

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #78

    Munster
    Just to say I’m with you.
    Even if you may be right or wrong.
    We need a different perspective.

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  • jane

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #79

    Tarquin is easier to type than Bleatin’ n Bruced. from now on you shall be called Tarquin.

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 8, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #80

    Jane explain how i have been radicalised?
    Jane can you explain who has radicalised me?

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