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Bruce Confirms Status Of Two Players Out For Aston Villa

During Steve Bruce’s press conference, he mentioned a fresh injury concern with Ciaran Clark who has a slight hamstring problem suffered on international duty. He also confirmed that both Florian Lejeune and Fabian Schar are back from their knee injuries and available for selection.

Steve Bruce also provided some clarification on two other players who will be out for Monday’s match at Aston Villa. One of those is Matt Ritchie who is still struggling to return from his August ankle injury. Injury analyst Ben Dinnery has tweeted some of Bruce’s comments on Ritchie.

This has to be so frustrating for the 30-year-old who it looked like was ahead of schedule a few weeks after his injury. He’s suffered a few setbacks since then and just can’t seem to get fully fit. They have exhausted their options between rest and specialists but it just going to take time for Matt unfortunately.

Steve Bruce also verified the specific type of injury that captain Jamaal Lascelles suffered against Bournemouth. Originally it was reported to be a knee injury. However, Bruce has stated that he’s suffered a fractured tibia. Here is a tweet from the Athletic’s Chris Waugh about Jamaal’s injury.

Bruce says that it’s only a couple of weeks though we expect Jamaal to be out until the new year. It’s certainly a positive that we have so many quality center-backs in the squad. Hopefully, Newcastle won’t miss a beat on Monday despite being without their captain.

39 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Re Lascelled, it must be a pretty minor fracture to a) have gone unnoticed and b) only keep him out for a few weeks. More of a hairline crack with some associated bruising, perhaps?

    Bad news on Ritchie who may not be first choice any more given the form of Willems but is still a valuable and influential member of the squad.

    Two of our strongest leaders right there, both crocked by illegal challenges which went largely unpunished and unmentioned by the press.

  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Just another example of JIB trying to deflect criticism away from Jabba
    Just another day of the PR you see here

    Its never Jabbas fault

  • posada

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Nowt much changed here.
    Tool22 the Blog Bot still churning out the usual rubbish.

  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    If Lascelles has a fracture it’s amazing he played on for as long as he did and fortunate he didn’t do himself some serious damage!

  • posada

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Commercial revenue and sponsorship deals.
    I suspect a lot of that is disguised income.
    Dressed up as a sponsorship deal to get round FFP rules.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    We play Leicester on New Years day at SJP
    Hopefully Matt is back and Hamza Choudhury
    gets some pay back.

  • Swlabr

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Rob: “Two of our strongest leaders right there, both crocked by illegal challenges which went largely unpunished and unmentioned by the press.
    How long before the speed merchants, ASM and/or Miggy are taken out in exactly the same way?

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Stan Anderson “So you would celebrate a goal against the Toon if you were managing the other team?”

    I don’t know if anyone can answer that question without being in that position. There would have been a huge number of factors potentially involved:

    – Bruce’s Sunderland had been hammered 5-1 at SJP earlier in the season and were facing defeat at home, which would have led to more pressure on his position. The equaliser was a massive release

    – The crowd erupted at the goal, it’s difficult not to be caught up in an atmosphere like that

    – Asamoah Gyan was a Bruce signing who had hardly set the World alight, Bruce would have been happy for him

    – He’s a team player and acknowledged good man-manager which requires empathy for those around him. Of course he was emotionally invested in Sunderland as a club and in the team itself.

    – He’s a professional, he’ll always put the job he’s in ahead of any emotional consideration for the team he supports.

    What did you actually expect him to do, hang his head in disappointment? Kick a couple of water bottles in frustration? Stand with a neutral expression on his face and arms folded? How do you think that would have played with the Sunderland fans and media?

    In Bruce’s position I would have celebrated too and I defy anyone to say they wouldn’t

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Swlabr, this is the concern, for sure. We have good (or at least some) cover in the midfield and back line. Our cover for the front three is Andy Carroll and Christian Atsu, both of whom have had their own injury problems.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    To enter the debate; At the time being discussed when Spurs were in a similar position to us in every department they decided to think big , be ambitious, try and achieve success on the pitch, employ a manager likely to achieve things, push the commercial activity and re invest in the club etc. etc.

    We decided under Ashley to solely try and survive in the PL whilst syphoning off most of the commercial revenue into a myriad of companies so Ashley could manipulate the club’s finances for his own personal benefit.

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    ” i suspect ” now were have we heard that expression before ????????????

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #12


    Guess what.

    Comparing a football club that is well run to one that isn’t is indeed like comparing apples and oranges, that’s the whole point and its completely relevant.

    Whoooooosh, straight over your head, stop trying for a clever comeback and face the facts.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    On that article, Spurs are a good exampke to benchmark against. Our revenues were more than Spurs, marginally under prior to Ashley. I haven’t read tje article, because it will be the same as the other dozen that have beem done comparing Spurs and ourselves financially.

    You can say it is apples and oranges because of structures, ownership models etc. But it is only apples and oranges because one club has aimed high.

    Spurs looked to grow, diversify and develop traditional revenue streams as well as as well as looking at modern and innovative new oportunities commercially.

    NUFC and Ashley, cut revenues by advertising SD for free, streamling operations and out sourcing. Running merchandise through SD etc.

    Apples and oranges is the ambition of the owners. The club finance comparison is apt, and has been used by various football finance analysts previously.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Loads of typing errors, really need a new phone ….

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Therefore to summarise the comments this morning ……… It appears that Jib doesn’t know the difference between an apple , an orange and a football club.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe………. Spot on with your analysis. One club decided to kick on, grow and improve. The other one didn’t .

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    I still firmly believe he engineered the fall out with KK to become the pantomime villain.

  • posada

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    St Hibbitt
    It’s where not were.

    Also, Hibbitt as in Terry Hibbitt still has two T’s in it. Not one.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Jail……….. Yes quite possibly as by then he had realised he couldn’t just come in and buy success by chucking a few quid at it. He obviously did a 360 and decided to run it as an advertising and revenue stream for himself.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20
  • geordietom

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    TOOL22 …

    give it a rest , at least give us your thoughts about Plastic killing the sea life in our ocean”s …

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #22
  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    lilongwe – fair assessment and the actual reality of it.

    Somebody mentioned that Spurs needed to win something due to debt levels which is totally wrong. £466.3 million stadium and training ground debt is close to Manchester United’s current record debt levels of £487 million.

    Tottenham’s total liabilities (current and non-current liabilities) stand at £964 million as of June 2018 – a £345 million rise from £619 million in 2017. Total assets increased from £840 million to £1.3 billion.

    Tottenham Hotspurs new stadium repayments
    Spurs stadium repayments is almost £50 million a year – but the increase in matchday income is even bigger!!

    Despite Tottenham’s £637 million stadium debt costing the club an estimated £50 million a year in interest and loan repayments, Spurs officials have said they expect £100 million in match day revenues at the new stadium, which represents a £55 million a year revenue increase – more than enough to cover the stadium repayments.

    Furthermore repayments and interest payments would fall every year, as the outstanding debt amount decreases.

    Not sure why people post such nonsense when the actual facts are out.
    The fact of the matter has already been succinctly put by lilongwe – spurs raised ambitions to become a top 4 club, we lowered ambitions to survival in EPL

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Members of the Spurs squad, particularly the more high-profile players, earn more money based on how well the club perform domestically and in Europe, (due to not winning the Champions League last year they lost out on a 5 million shared bonus pool).

    There is also the flip side of players earning more the better Spurs do, it is understood certain players would earn less should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25


    I think you have to counter that with why hasn’t Bruce ever been approached by a big club and why didn’t SAF offer his trophy winning captain a coaching role with the reserves or youth when he was starting out in coaching. I think if there was a spark of coaching or tactical genius there it has been very well hidden for the last 20 years, at least anything approaching being part of a top 10 team in the PL.

    Someone very wisely said this ” I think we will survive this season without a problem because of the system put in place by Rafa. Question is what after that wears off.”

    Bruce got the gig because everyone else turned down what should be a brilliant and amazing job if Ashley wasn’t so toxic. When NUFC take to the field I always want them to win, whoever the manager is, but if Ashley is going nowhere for the foreseeable, as looks increasingly likely and and has already selfishly, greedily and spitefully denied us the chance of glory with the Mansours and BZG, then you do have to wonder what is the point. Yes toon 22 is OTT at times, but essentially and very sadly he is fundamentally right.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26


    If it’s good enough for the Jags, why not the Mags ?

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Mindshaft “Spurs officials have said they expect £100 million in match day revenues at the new stadium, which represents a £55 million a year revenue increase”

    I wonder how much of that increase is dependent on Champions League football every season? If they miss out, will they fail to cover their increased debt repayments?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibrahimovic to Spurs on a short-term deal I’m reading. Gotta love the EPL.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #29

    they expect £100 million in match day revenues at the new stadium,
    which represents a £55 million a year revenue increase .

    Expectation and achievement aren’t always the same figure

    Which was my point

    They HAVE to fill their shiny new stadium every home game or else.

  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Not much changed JIB

    Still using alts like Posada to back his PR rubbish

  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Good point, last paragraph at 1.

    Zladan to Spurs?! That guy can still play the game. Good call, should it happen.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #32

    As per usual, the only sense on the blog is coming out of the balanced thinkers like Lil and Billson . The rest is noise because the Rafa fantasists are still so doom laden that they cant think straight.

    So let me make it simple for you, Les Miserables.

    1. Rafa is better than SB. Thats pretty fair.
    2. Rafa is gone – partly by push ( thanks Mike) , partly by pull ( Yen and lots of them )
    3. SB is doing ok, possibly better than we thought, all things considered. Nothing incredible, but its ok, and the football is a bit better. Nothing wow, but besides 2 disaster games, its ok.

    Ok, now that we have established that, we can ignore the “traitor ” stuff because the Frog is saying it, and most of what the Frog says is generally silly. SB was doing a job for Sunderland, paid well by them. A win is a win , and always a pressure release. How do u think Sunderland fans would have felt if he looked glum?

    The next issue for Les Mis – what manager would you get behind ? Say we had got some continental guy – lets say a decent coach/manager from a French club doing well for itself …all hypothetical . But he accepts Mike Ashleys job and the terms that apply with that job.

    He gets the same type of results as Bruce so far, say.

    Would you fail to get behind him aswell, and spend your time dragging up his past efforts at other french clubs, because he is not Rafa?

    At what point do you decide you should back this man who took the ashley coin and terms and conditions??

    Is it the Bonkers Jail and Tarquin principle – not until he wins something ?

    Or does he have to slag off his employers so that you can rally behind him? And win the FA Cup?

    Well guys, what is it ???

  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #33


    “ fair and balanced “


  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Hated Rafa
    Loves the traitor

    Go figure

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Rotunda, Toon 22 is correct that Ashley is a massive problem. Beyond that he talks rubbish and slags off long standing fans as shills? Do you think that’s acceptable ?

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon, not good enough mate. If you want to be taken seriously by me and a pile of other guys, you will need to up the debating skills

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Tottenham’s total liabilities (current and non-current liabilities) stand at £964 million as of June 2018 – a £345 million rise from £619 million in 2017. Total assets increased from £840 million to £1.3 billion.

    A piece of fairyland accounting
    Their main asset is a new stadium

    To realise that asset they would have to sell the stadium
    I would guess the queue of people to buy a £1Billion footy
    venue is quite small.

  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Why we all talking about Spurs for i thought this was a Newcastle FC blog ?

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib – the point is that they don’t have to sell out to cover the 50 million debt repayments, they are expected to make 100 million matchday revenues if full.
    The actual main point is that Spurs are showing ambition to be one of the top clubs in Europe whereas under Ashley , Newcastle are showing a complete lack of ambition


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