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.
Ritchie is struggling to overcome an ongoing ankle issue. "He went to see his specialist. It’s a difficult one because he was so close a couple of weeks ago, and unfortunately had a setback. It’s difficult and frustrating.”
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) November 21, 2019
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: "Ciaran Clark has got a knock after playing for Ireland. Lejeune & Schar have trained so should be back available. Both are now ready to go. Lascelles has a fracture of his tibia so he's out for a few weeks, but it's not as bad as we feared" #nufc
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) November 21, 2019
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.