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Big Week For These Three As Bruce Uncertain On Status Of Two Stars


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.


36 comments so far

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    ALL about the manager is it? Not his owner, recruitment policy, scouting staff… Oh ok then. Those things don’t affect how a manager sets up his squad?

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    BnB Rafa said many times he had the say on transfers, He did have money to spend more than Norwich by all accounts. This conversation is taking a wrong turn as it wasn’t ever a Rafa is poor conversation.

    OP the person who wrote that article is completely clueless which would stack up why you support it. We do play with wingers in the current formation what do we think Almiron, Atsu, ASM are doing? They are playing in a 541 or a 3421 formation both with wide players.

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib is back.
    In a cinema near you.
    Seven days in the wilderness.away from friends and foe.
    But he is back to reak the wrath of google on the world.
    Limited release opens 14 September.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Nufc83

    Currently Bruce is trying everything, we have Wingers on the books, one plays at LWB the other is injured and we have Almiron who nobody knows where he should be playing.

    What that article highlights is the recruitment is all wrong, but like the trees you cant see the wood.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    OP – Bills, Unlike you and your ilk I don’t come on here daily calling people thick stupid morons etc.

    For once I agree with you.

    You come on and call people ‘cretans’.

    Which means inhabitants of the island of Crete.

    I think you’ll find I’ve never called anyone a ‘thick stupid moron’ or anything remotely like that.

    However,,,

    I can think of one poster who that phrase would apply perfectly to.

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  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7
  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Note his Toon high heels

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  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Cretan – ha ha ha
    Well-spotted
    😀

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Talking about style in managers.
    What was fergies apart from owning a hairdryer and buying the best players in the world.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Bills son

    You’ve been called a cretin enough times, at least spell it properly, cretans are from Crete I believe.

    It seems to me there is a little cartel of back slapping, pro Jabba and Bruce, anti Rafa people who just want to name call and swear at people. Very odd indeed.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Nufc83

    Who are the wingers in Bruce’s formation?

    I see it as 541 switching to a 343 in possession, the wing backs create the width, Almiron and Atsu drop in when we don’t have the ball.

    A winger is someone who hugs the touchline and whips crosses in for the forwards to attack, it’s been a while since I’ve seen that at Nufc.

    It certainly isn’t the position Atsu or Almiron is playing.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    OP Richie is a RM/LM playing in a LWB role and doing a pretty good job. A lot of wide midfielders have played a wing back role I don’t get the issue. Almiron is very versatile and can play wide or through the middle again no issue. Once we start getting a bit more support up the pitch you will see him come good.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    OP in the article Steve Bruce is suggesting he wants another one with pace and power to play in the Atsu/Almiron role. That doesn’t mean he’s looking for another Matt Richie – can you do a facepalm on here!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda heights

    You should be in the Olympics for jumping to conclusions.

    It was your fellow cohort OP who called me a ‘cretan’ .

    I’m from Wallsend not Crete, although the weather is very similar.

    Perhaps that explains OP’s spelling mistake.

    How do you explain not understanding a very very simple post?

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    I think with Atsu current form the priority should be the following;

    Striker
    Box to box Cm (get rid of shelvey and Ki)
    Attacking wide player- winger whatever you want to call it lol.

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  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    I actually thought Ki would have been a better option than Shelvey at Anfield

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Bills

    Being questioned by you on behaviour or attitude is as laughable as when Jib calls people out for language racism etc.

    You really are sad and bitter, what a hollow meaningless life you must have if you have nothing better to do than try to upset people you dont even know.

    I’ll be out with my mates having beers watching the football having a good laugh later, you’ll be sat pulling legs off spiders thinking of ways to disrupt and get one over.

    Enjoy your day..

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    On a new winger…

    We haven’t seen how ASM will fit in yet.

    Not saying we don’y need one but ASM could also take Al’s role and let him play as an out and out winger,

    The problem we have is that Atsu and Al are both left footed which is fine if you are playing more central but not ideal for a RW.

    If we sign another winger it has to be a natural RW.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Ye bills in my head I have ASM as the next ronaldo and will transform the team 🙂

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    Nufc83

    Behave yourself, only a fool would want wingers when we don’t have goal scorers

    Atsu has been excellent so far this year, are you suggesting he and Almiron can’t cut it and Maximim is also not going to?

    If our forwards finished like or defenders we’d win the league by xmas ffs.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    OP no I’ve just said I don’t think it’s a priority now look above lol. I don’t think people expected current form from Atsu tbh.

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Jeez, some people – Rafa had the final say on transfers , he gave a list of potential targets and positions – scouts also gave an alternative list based on who they had been watching in those positions and who might be interested in coming – we all know how it works at toon – it’s been mentioned by KK , Shearer and even Pardew said he wished he had more input on transfers – Charley says oh we can’t get those players but here’s someone else in that position we think is amazing … Remember Muto …oh I think he is a striker

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    mindshaft do you think Ashley wanted the over 26’s who got brought into the club? It’s clear that’s a no so Rafa must have had some sway!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #25

    OP,

    I hardly ever slag people on the blog so that is another load of tripe you’ve just served up.

    What I do is give a balanced opinion that the likes of you just can’t stomach and it’s YOU and your like who come out with the bile name calling in a pathetic response.

    And as for this nonsense – I’ll be out with my mates having beers watching the football having a good laugh later, you’ll be sat pulling legs off spiders thinking of ways to disrupt and get one over.

    FYI – aged 66 I’ll be playing 6 a side this afternoon as part of training for our first 11 a side league game next Sunday and after that I’ll be on the hoy with the lads who on average are 25 years younger than me.

    Two weeks today I’m away in Portugal for a week playing a Ryder Cup style golf competition with 19 of my mates and I’ll be one of the last to bed every night after the evening’s partying.

    If you’ve got half the number of mates, energy and lifestyle that I have you are a lucky man.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #26

    So now Rafa didn’t want Muto, suppose Sels was charnleys too. But Rafa hand picked Schar and Dubs. Lol

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    I’ve seen Maximim play a few times before we got him.

    If we continue in the 541 formation with Atsu in the form he’s in I see no place for Almiron.

    That’s not me writing him off, he needs to deliver more, the other 2 suit that style better and will give us more of a cutting edge.

    Gayle doesn’t want to know, not sure Muto fits into the style or formation and no one cam honesty say Carol can offer us anything.

    Foward all day and some creativity in midfield.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28

    OP agree Almiron drops in current form.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    😉

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  • geordietom

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    8)

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  • geordietom

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #31

    trying to get these emoji’s to work …

    😉

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  • geordietom

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #32

    😎

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  • geordietom

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #33

    i’m looking forward to seeing ASM a full game …

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  • geordietom

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #34

    play … even

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #35

    Jibley,
    He probably was a better option but Ki hasn’t gone public to slate our former manager, say nice things about Brewcey and denounce Michael Chopra as a nobody, that’s what got him the nod.

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  • Geordie-john

    Sep 15, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #36

    It looks as if Fat Lad might have to sell NUFC to pay his MEGA tax bill. Now wouldn’t that be nice ?????

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