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Bruce Confirms Four To Miss West Ham

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.

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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8 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Bring in Shelvey and Hayden for the Longstaffs and Gayle for Joelinton.

    I predict another draw. 1-1 and Gayle to score if he starts.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

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    Labour haven’t been in power since 2010.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Surprised Bruce hasn’t admitted to being approached to write for a Sullivan and Gold publication.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Why do people want Gayle playing YET? Did everyone not see how slow and overweight he is atm? He surely cant be effective in that condition yet. I dont see him starting for a month or two yet.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I can’t imagine there have been many occasions when NZ
    have lost 2 rugby games on the trot.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I know he only got five minutes run out on Saturday
    But he looked like he was carrying a lot of extra timber
    Looked a lot slower than I can remember

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    I think that NZ performance illustrates just how good England were last weekend. It’s one thing to sneak past a team of that power and quality, but to dominate them as Owen Farrell’s lads did….

    Bring on the Saffers, I think they’re in line for a fright.

    England will stay largely intact for the next 4 years, too, given the majority of their best players are still in their twenties – imagine how good they will be then, with another 30-odd caps under their belts. There’s a Lions tour to South Africa in a couple of years, too, where you’d expect a large England contingent.


  • oldbyker

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    I can’t see past another defeat it don’t matter who plays up top they just can’t score goals


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