Steve Bruce has given his press conference for the West Ham match this morning. He has confirmed that Saturday is too soon for Matt Ritchie, Fabian Schar, and Florian Lejeune. If you include Sean Longstaff’s ban, that makes four players who will be unavailable for selection.
SB on the extent of Fabian Schär’s injury: “He could be OK for Bournemouth (next Saturday). He’s been sore with his knee for a while, but we don’t think it’s too serious.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/v6zuz6wF7J
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 1, 2019
This is not a surprise as we didn’t see either Fabian Schar or Matt Ritchie in the training images released on Thursday.
While Lejeune is back at training, he is scheduled to play another match with the Under-23s next week. He likely won’t be back playing for Newcastle until after the next international break.
This is what Steve Bruce said about Florian’s projected return:
“He’ll play again at Aston Villa on Monday night. Hopefully he’ll get 75 or 80 minutes in that one. We’ve another international break coming up, and hopefully after that he’ll be available.”
We will see Andy Carroll back in the squad which is good news. His groin injury has only forced him out for one week so that is a very positive development.
It looks like Federico Fernandez will be in line for a second straight start in place of the injured Fabian Schar. Fernandez is such a reliable player and has proven to be an asset to this club.
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