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“It’s Part And Parcel Of Football” – Bruce Is Relaxed With Latest Squad Setbacks

The first item of business during Steve Bruce’s press conference this morning was about the recent injuries to Andy Carroll and Fabian Schar.

Right of the bat, Steve was asked about the seriousness of our most recent casualties:

“They’re not serious at all. Andy, unfortunately, picked up a groin strain last Saturday.

“Fabian Schar has a bit of a sore knee which he’s been playing with for the last two or three weeks. Last Saturday, it became a bit too uncomfortable for him.

“They’ll both miss tomorrow. They could be in contention for next week. We expect them not to be long-term, which is good news.”

It is fortunate it should just be the one match that both Andy and Fabian miss. It’s also a positive sign that Andy has not aggravated the ankle that he had surgery this past Spring.

Steve was then asked how disappointed he was with the latest injuries after getting so close to having a full squad to chose from:

“I mean it is part and parcel of football, and that is why we’ve got the squads we have. Especially in today’s game as well. They are going to pick up injuries. Part and parcel of it.

“Of course, just when you think you have a clean bill of health, you pick up a couple. The good news is that Flo is close to a return, and so is Matt Ritchie as well.

“He’s bouncing around the training ground all week. Good to see him back around.”

It was reported yesterday that both Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie would be unavailable for Sunday. While Florian is still a few weeks away, Matt Ritchie should find himself available for selection at West Ham next Saturday.

Issac Hayden will also have served his three-match ban as well. With Carroll and Schar both likely to be back next week as well, Bruce could be left with just Florian Lejeune unavailable next week.

With the Frenchman back to training and making good progress, it’s looking like this week was just a minor hiccup on the fitness front.

Though as Steve Bruce said, players are going to get injured. We have to start to keep it at a minimum, which hasn’t been the case so far this season.

34 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    “… No Cawwols or Wichies either”.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Have you heard the way the footer says Flo, Flow, he’s from Wallsend ffs not Downton Abbey.

  • dougie

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    33 appearances,1 goal,no assists from our starting front 3 tells you everything you need to know about Sports Direct FC.The parasite and his underlings have gambled survival on these youngsters in the hope that if they come good he can double his money in 12 months then it’s rinse and repeat.Nothing they ever do is for the advancement of the club.Thats why they got rid of a world class manager with ambition and replaced him with the 2nd worst manager in Premier League history.17th or above and the parasite will be delighted.Joelinton and Almiron aren’t good enough for the Premier League but they might do ok in the championship next season.

  • Nufc 4ever

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    The children’s show douggie the dog talks more sense than the one on here

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    The Golden State is getting more wildfires
    I hope Chico’s OK

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Rory Stewart is Rod Stewart.

  • toon22

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Hiya JIB

    Posts here to defend Jabba 24/7
    Is PR

    It’s never Jabbas fault

  • Australian Pie

    Oct 25, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Aussies are always smiling Jib don’t worry =]

    Lets get the points this weekend, no excuses

    2-0 ASM and JL to score both assists by Miggy

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Sir Roderick David Stewart,

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Roderick James Nugent Stewart

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Ron You are talking about the tory MP
    OLG and me are talking about Rod the Mod
    “You wear it well”

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Rod could be singing about you
    ” A little old-fashioned but that’s alright ”

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #13


    I know you were.

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh OK

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Has the country ever had a PM that’s a bigger dickhead than Boris J ?

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Thinking laterally, or something.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Apart from being a serial liar, coward, racist, lazy, entitled, I can’t see all the fuss.

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #18

    The All-Blacks have won 15 out of their last 16 matches vs England
    Semi -final of the RWC 9am tomorrow ITV

  • toon22

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Hiya JIB

    Its never Jabbas fault

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Anyone here a mosquito whining around the blog ?



    It’s an attention seeking wee froggy

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #21

    here = hear

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    For some reason I’ve thought our game against Wolves was at 4pm on Sunday. Finding out it’s 2pm has killed my buzz. A, I’m going to be out and about in London and B, I was really looking forward to the first two hours of my long drive home being taken up by listening to the match.

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Southampton vs Leicester should be a canny game tonight

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #24

    The closest to Chico is Sonoma County

    About 150 miles from Chico
    He should be OK

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Are you home for Halloween ?
    You could dress up as Bruce

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #26


    This blog’s never had a bigger dickhead than you.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Unfortunately not Jibbers, I go away that morning.

  • Oldgit1

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #28

    @ rotunda heights you should look at yourself.

  • Oldgit1

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m going for a 3-1 win on Sunday. Miggy to get one and an assist.

  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Rotonda heights
    This blog’s never had a bigger dickhead than you , apart from me , that is

  • geordietom

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Roderick David Stewart

  • geordietom

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #32

    one of Rod Stewart’s songs suits our club down to the ground .

    ” Reason To Believe ”

    canny song as well …

  • geordietom

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #33
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 26, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #34

    I’ve had a kick about with Rod Stewart, in a park in Rushcutters Bay, beneath Potts Point in Sydney, maybe 1980. Him and his roadies. He was good, but I was better, and one or two of his roadies were really fuggen good. 🙂


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