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Bruce Rules Two Out For Sunday With Late Fitness Test For Returning Striker


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:

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.

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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45 comments so far

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Hmm. Where’s Irishrob then? 😐

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    If Shelvey’s hamstring isn’t as bad as feared then it’s still a problem

    2
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    No offence to young Matty L but him having to come into the equation just highlights the threadbare choices we have. His brother only came into the team through necessity to be fair but under the previous managers guidance started to fit into his place with some assurance. Now even he looks to have gone backwards.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Lol Bleatin’ I take it you like the rugby too? Dont worry about me, they won’t ever “sin bin” anyone on here and if they do I’m sure its easy make another account.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    If Shelvey’s hamstring isn’t as bad as feared then it’s still a hamstring problem and he will have that thought in his head.
    Last thing we need is a hesitant midfielder slowing down attacks and not coping in defence.
    Bruce should know this and keep him well away from Sunday and bring him back when 100% fit and right in the head. If he risks him then that adds further question marks over Bruce’s management capabilities.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    I really want to make a new account so I can call my new profile, “high level Rob” anyways.

    1
  • c-dog

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Our investment in players is the same as what west ham were investing almost a decade ago

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  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    US billionaire Joseph DaGrosa may have dropped a hint about his interest in investing in Newcastle United after he revealed that he is focusing on football cl

    DaGrosa is the current owner of Ligue 1 club Bordeaux but his recent comments have suggested that the French side is not the only one he has his eyes on as the American investor aims to branch out across the other side of the Atlantic.

    “At the end of the day I run a private equity company and we are always looking for good sound investments,” he said, as quoted by the Shields Gazette.

    “Right now we are focused on European football. I think the MLS is going to continue to grow over the next few years and if the right opportunity comes along, who knows.”

    Although DaGrosa does not make it clear where he is aiming to invest his money, there is a good chance that Premier League side Newcastle are on his mind amid reports that two companies in the USA have been merged with the view to a potential takeover at St James’ Park.

    According to the Shields Gazette, GACP Sports Limited, who are owned by DaGrosa, and Peter Kenyon have proposed a deal worth a total of £300million to unpopular Magpies owner Mike Ashley.

    It remains to be seen whether or not Ashley will accept what is on the table because it is understood that £125million of that total would be paid in instalments over three years.

    However DaGrosa, based on his comments about investing in European football and this latest development from a North-East newspaper, does appear to be serious about Newcastle.

    A lot of the club’s supporters are bound to be sceptical and after what has happened over the last couple of years – and previous interest from Kenyon – who can blame them?

    But it does seem as though there is more veracity to this story than there was about Sheikh Khaled in the summer when most of the news that was reported about that takeover came from national newspapers and the Middle East.

    At least this time, something has come from the North-East.

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  • geordie157

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    So 523 maybe

    Dubravka
    Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems
    Ki, S.Longstaff
    Atsu, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin

    Subs
    Darlow, Fernandez, Manquillo, M.Longstaff, Almiron, Muto, Carroll

    Almiron and Carroll on for last 20-25 mins.

    Man U are due a performance hopefully it’s not this Sunday!

    3
  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Mike Ashley is never gonna sell while Newcastle are still “a good sound investment”. So nexttttt!

    3
  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Does anyone know if anything ever became of the Magpie Groups attempt to call Mike Ashley out on his offer to pay for an independent auditor to check the books. It seems he was lying about that too, unless there is something I haven’t heard.

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  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    irish rob …

    dont hold your breath mate cant see it happening …

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  • Kev26

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Is it just me or does anyone else think Longstaff is overrated. He got into the team through injuries. Surely if he was good enough he would have been in the team at 18/19 years of age. As for his brother against Leicester in the cup he ran around a lot but that was it. I would sell for £40m and look for the next James Madison. Hope I’m proved wrong but I have my doubts

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Kev26,
    Given the absolute shambles the bumbling fools at the top gave created I bet they’re having a few heated words on them not accepting 30M from Man U in the summer,
    ”Why the f’%# didn’t you accept that you little toad”
    ”You told me not to Mike”
    ”’ow dare you answer me back”

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  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    have to ask if this Kenyon group buy the club off Ashley , would anyone be happy to have new owners ?. even if he has his advertising ect for 3 years . me i would love him to sell up and just disappear back into the hole he crawled out of …

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    geordietom,
    Did you not ask that same question before?

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  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    jail …

    dunno mate did i aint got a long memory like you …

    😉

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Aye geordietom,
    And I replied there’s no point of having new owners if Ashley is pulling the strings.

    5
  • stan anderson

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Under the previous coach i think we would have whooped Manure,but not under this trio of clowns.

    4
  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail

    Agree

    Would just be Jabba with a different shop front

    7
  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    jail …

    so we will be a Vichy club that what you are saying ?…

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Kenyon would be pulling the strings surely

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    toon22 …

    you’d love that keep you going on here , sad frog …

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    jib …

    thats what i would think . they wouldn’t agree to Ashley meddling surely ?…

    1
  • hibbit

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #25

    geordietom
    that’s exactly what Rangers thought, but he did and still does !!!!!!

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  • geordietom

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    hibbit …

    time will tell , you never know someone may come along and buy him out lock stock and barrel …

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  • onmeedsun

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #27

    We don’t want anyone to give Ashley £300m unless they have deep pockets to then commit to £200m of serious investment. The club is not worth that and any private equity firm will struggle to generate an adequate return if they also have to invest in facilities and squad. We’d be no better off than we are now. Our only hope is finding a sole buyer who is rich enough to throw some money at us. I fear that Ashley will be here for the rest of his days as no one will meet his asking price. Better off buying a cheap Championship club for £50m or less rather than an overpriced PL club that is likely to be relegated any season.

    1
  • hibbit

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #28

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    Bruce: “These players are used to responding to defeats, albeit not such a big one. Mud’s been thrown my way since I walked through the door, the only thing that can change that is results. I am determined to turn it around & take the club forward. I’m a resilient so-&-so” #nufc

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    None of it adds up. We look like, and are odds on favourite to be relegated, Stavely apparently wanted relegation clauses built in to a deal, that was with a capable manager in charge. This Kenyon proposal relies us being in the PL to pay back the money, as incompetent as he is in running a football club Ashley must know we have a very good chance of going down. I have the feeling he planted a seed with Kenyon last year, he knew since we got promoted that he wasn’t keeping Rafa and things would get like this. He’s gambling on us being so fed up with his ownership that we’d take a Kenyon led consortium with his tat in the background to bring us back spending money. There is no way Kenyon, as an experienced footballing man could think that we have a good chance of succeeding while paying back 40M a year for three years either, there is something fishy that involves Ashley winning either way.

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  • DaveD1000

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Not having any of the takeover guff. Anyone see a win anywhere in our near or distant future other than maybe a lucky og of an oppo defender’s arse?

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  • DaveD1000

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    *off

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  • Bambams

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Given the amateurish way the booklet that has been released to possible investors made me wonder if this is just an attempt to shoot a shot across the bows of BZG.

    From Ash own interview he states ‘What’s £10 million or so more to a Crown Prince ” ( or words similar), so given how poorly this booklet has been edited, is this just a joint venture between Ash and Kenyon to get BZG to cough up.

    For me the simple fact Bruce name was placed over Rafa’s using tippex shows this cannot be a genuine attempt to buy us.

    BZG have never released anything stating ‘Its over’…Well I have not seen anything.

    Who knows.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #33

    As martoon would say, this whole circus is making me very cross.

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #34

    BZG would be mad to take a gamble on NUFC staying up.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    ”He added: “There’s no dispute out of the seven or eight games we have played we have been disappointing twice.

    “For the last couple of years they have been in and around the bottom of the league.

    “They are used to responding.”
    So it’s because we’ve always been shite and it’s only disappointing when we’re getting spanked?
    Oh dear Gawd,

    4
  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36

    JIB

    Unlike your self, nobody trusts anything Jabba does or says
    Everything he’s involved in turns to cack
    Ask Rangers

    Unless he is fully gone it’s not sold

    6
  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    It’s the same guff he came out with at Villa
    He’s always been out of his depth, every club he’s been at

    We are as good as relegated

    8
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Start with Carroll against Man U. Give him an hour. We seriously can’t be pinging it up to Joelinton for it to keep coming back at us again and again.

    _______________Dubs_______________
    ______Schar___Lascelles___Dummett
    Yedlin___________________________Willems
    ____________Ki______Longstaff
    ___ASM_______________________Almiron
    ______________Carroll

    Lots of natural width and pace on the wings.

    5
  • Bambams

    Oct 4, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #39

    I agree, if Bruce remains our manager we will be in the bottom three at the end of the season.

    I think the players have all got a hangover since Rafa left, Bruce cant motivate them.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Toon 22

    I don’t always agree with you but I do there. There is no chance we can trust Ashley with a word that man says, he lies over and over. Can’t be trusted at all.

    As for Bruce, once appointed I was content to let him have a go, to see if he has improved his managerial style over the past few years… sadly he has not. I struggle to see any pattern of play in the games I’ve watched. Even basic things like wingbacks being neither forward nor back too often, not supporting the attack and leaving gaps in defense, it’s just basics that we did very well last year.

    It’s going to be a long season.

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