On Wednesday, Newcastle published some images of that day’s training session. In the photographs, only Matt Ritchie was not featured in any of the images.
In his press conference this morning, Steve Bruce has confirmed that all players who have trained this week except for Florian Lejeune will be in contention for Sunday. Dwight Gayle has trained all week and will face a late fitness test.
Here is the update by The Athletic’s Chris Waugh:
Bruce says Matty Longstaff “comes into the equation”. “Practically everyone is fit” apart from Ritchie. A decision will be made on Gayle over the weekend but he has trained all week. Lejeune is a fortnight away. Saint-Maximin is “fit to start” if necessary. Shelvey is fit #nufc
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) October 4, 2019
Injury analyst Ben Dinnery has also issued the following update which says that Shelvey’s hamstring problem is not as bad as initially feared. It looks like he could also be in contention for Sunday.
After initially being ruled out with a “grade two” hamstring tear, Shelvey is back in contention. Only Ritchie (ankle) and Lejeune (ACL knee) are ‘injured’ but Gayle has only just returned to the training pitches having been troubled by a calf problem since pre-season. #NUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 4, 2019
It’s looking good on the injury front with some players coming back into the fold. Isaac Hayden, though, will be out through suspension. We are glad that Matty Longstaff was mentioned by Bruce as being part of the equation. We would like to see him feature in Sunday’s game in some capacity.
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