After yesterday’s 3-1 loss at Liverpool, Steve Bruce delivered some positive news on Andy Carroll. He had mentioned during the pre-match press conference that Andy was due to see a specialist to confirm he suffered no ill-effects from last week’s training.
This is the update Steve gave the press after being asked how Carroll’s visit went:
“It’s gone OK. He will hopefully train all week. It is a big week, training-wise.
“If he can do it without a reaction that is the important thing.”
With Carroll, we expected him to have a set-back or two at some point in his recovery. That has not happened yet, so fingers crossed that this week will go as well as the last.
There are two other players that Steve gave updates on while doing the media rounds yesterday. However, both of those are cloaked with uncertainty at the moment. Sean Longstaff missed the trip to Liverpool due to overturning his ankle in training last week. Steve still does not have an update on the 22-year-old midfielder.
This is what Steve said when asked about Sean’s injury and his chances of a return for Brighton.
“We have no update. We don’t know how bad it is. We know he has twisted it, we don’t think it’s that severe.
“Whether it’s going to be next week is touch and go.”
Next week’s match at Brighton is one most fans will have penciled in as three points. With the difficult start to the season, it’s a match the lads need to win.
Not having Sean Longstaff available will be disappointing, though Jonjo Shelvey did a decent job yesterday in Sean’s place. However, we need as many players as fit as possible and pushing for a place in the team.
Another player who could miss out on Brighton is Fabian Schar. Fabian hurt his calf as he slipped to tackle Mo Salah on Liverpool’s third goal. Needless to say, the 27-year-old Swiss defender would be a massive loss if he is out for any length of time.
With Florian Lejeune out, we don’t have another ball-playing defender who could come in and do what Fabian can. Though, Federico Fernandez is a top professional who can come in as he did the last two games when Fabian was substituted.
Bruce is also in the dark as to the extent of Schar’s calf injury. We don’t like that he mentions the word “tear” here in his update on the defender:
“It’s the calf, we’re not sure if it’s cramp or a tear. The medical department says he does suffer from cramp a little bit.
“We do hope it’s that.”
Hopefully, it is just a cramp, but it was a contact injury that Schar suffered late in the game yesterday. We’ll just have to wait and see if our star defender is going to be added to the lengthy injury list.