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Training Updates Provided For Two 30-Year-Olds

As is a custom on Wednesdays, Newcastle have released images from today’s training session. The club sent out the following tweet highlighting the return of Matt Ritchie and Florian Lejeune.

It’s great to see Matt Ritchie back with the lads after two months on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Last week he was in the Middle East getting some warm weather training in. Bruce had noted at the time that he expected the 30-year-old to be ready for team training this week.

The club provided the following statement on Ritchie in the write-up accompanying the images:

And Steve Bruce may be able to call upon Matt Ritchie for Sunday’s match, with the influential 30-year-old back in full training this week.

So it looks like Matt could be involved in some capacity for Sunday’s match against Wolves. That could be a massive boost to get Ritchie’s passion and leadership back in the team.

We also noticed two absentees in the images. The first was Fabian Schar, who was not in any of the photographs. The club usually do a decent job of having every player in the session in at least one of the pictures. While it could be nothing, it does look like Fabian was not involved in today’s training for whatever reason.

The other player is Andy Carroll. He is not in any of the images either. However, there is a good reason for that. Steve Bruce has disclosed that Andy is following a specific training plan to try to ensure his fitness.

The Chronicle have published these revelations by Steve Bruce about Big Andy’s training regimen. It seems he only participates two days a week at the moment. This is how the head coach explained it:

“Andy has got his schedule now. He trains for two days. On Tuesday, we had a big physical day where his stats were great.

“Thankfully, there is no reaction to his ankle the next day. He trained again on Thursday and he comes to the fore.”

Well, that would account for why the 30-year-old striker was not in training today. Andy does not train two days in a row but instead comes in on Tuesday and Thursday. It looks like on Wednesday, the medical staff assesses his ankle for any reaction from the day before.

We’re not sure if this is just as Andy gets himself back to full fitness or if this will be his schedule for the foreseeable future.

However, Bruce did say that Carroll will soon be available to start games:

“Hopefully in the next week or two weeks he will be in a position where we can start him.”

We think the club are best to take the extra precautions with Andy. We’ll have to see how it all pans out in the end.

Hopefully, he can get a start in November, and that will be a big hurdle for him to get over in proving his fitness for the rest of this season.

57 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 23, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #41

    Yellow card for Jody Morris, Jib.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #42

    You’re not allowed to bad-mouth the officials in Europe

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 23, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #43

    Boris Johnson clearly didn’t get that particular memo.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #44

    Ha ha

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #45

    That number 11 for Ajax , Promes , was linked with us about 3 years ago

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #46

    Well that half went quickly
    Quincey Promes was signed as a kid by SM at Twente
    He wanted him as well as Wijnaldum for the Toon
    If nothing else McClaren has an eye for a player

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #47


    Sorry had to go, tending a sick missus, we both came down with nasty colds at the weekend but hers is worse so I’m on beck at and call at the moment, if you’re around now I shall give it a run out.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 23, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #48

    Enter SDJ.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #49

    Hell of a win for Lampard !!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 23, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #50

    “If nothing else McClaren has an eye for a player”
    Yet you described the clown as the perfect match for Newcastle 🙄

  • Just a fan

    Oct 23, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #51

    Re batty
    Never liked that Psycho..as far as I’m concerned he cost us the league.
    Lee Clark should never have been dropped for him.
    Selected memory ….. probably.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #52

    An ex England manager and Man U treble winning coach in place
    of Carver seemed a good choice at the time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 23, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #53

    No it didn’t, it was an uninspiring and unambitious appointment with a view of achieving nothing more than mid table mediocrity. But then again I suppose that’s why you said it was perfect

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #54

    Although an unremarkable coach with a very average cv, is SB the most successful ” geordie” player ever?

    Mclaren may have had something once but seems to have declined rapidly

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #56

    I believe that McClaren was given a fairly lukewarm reception by most of us but as an ex England manager and former protege of Sir Alec most of us were prepared to give him a chance, that sounds familiar does it not.

    Unfortunately he’d already starting morphing into the ‘Wally with the Brolly’, might have fared better under a different owner but we’ll never know that.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 23, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #57

    “LiVARpool let off the hook there.”


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