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One Left-Back ‘May Be Ok’ While The Other Is ‘Still A Bit Sore’ – Bruce Gives Update On Duo

Steve Bruce has given his press conference for the match at Manchester United on Thursday. He gave an optimistic update on both Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett. But the best news is reserved for Jetro Willems, who looks like he will be back on Boxing Day.

Here is a tweet from BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck on Willems.

Bruce took the conservative approach with Jetro like he did with Miguel Almiron and Jonjo Shelvey a week earlier at Burnley. This is a massive boost for Newcastle going into a game we can get something from.

The news on Paul Dummett is not as positive but still doesn’t look to be too serious. Paul is still sore from the groin injury he suffered late on Saturday. The 28-year-old had to be replaced by DeAndre Yedlin.

Here is a tweet from BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck on Dummett.

Overall this is an encouraging update on the two players that we feared would be missing on Thursday. It looks like Jetro will make it while Paul has a very good chance.

11 comments so far

  • toon22

    Dec 23, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Who would have guessed that Jabba uses child labour

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #2

    So do you
    A self proclaimed gamer who uses Microsoft
    which is Number 4 on the list

    You are probably smoking a Marlboro as well

    Ha ha ha

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #3

    I understand your point on Bruce being another put in the job to just maintain respectable mediocrity. I don’t thinking winning a trpphy is what should bring people round to giving him a chance and a break from the hatred, which let’s be honest, is all on the owners shoulders and misdirected at Bruce, as was possibly the plan.

    For me, I’m still unsure on him. I don’t think we are playing much better or worse than last season – last few months apart although that was built on players not here now. I think the squad is weaker than last year, and probably more akin with the firat half of last season pre Miggy, and when Rondon was injured. We played just as dire and negative then. We are picking up results, and there is a huge slice of fortune that has helped that, just as there has been the past 10 years or so.

    I do find it odd that people who criricised Rafa, are praising Bruce, and those who saw Rafa as infallible are heaping criticism on Bruce. There is very little difference on the pitch.

    If Bruce comes out following the window and criticises the business done as not being enough/what he wanted, then he will have done exactly as Rafa did. I think that is where people should start to think he is no stooge. Obviously, if it is the opposite, and he accepts it, then I will be more your side of the fence.

    I’m willing to give him a chance until then, and hopefully he gets players he wants that improve our play and prospects.

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Lilo I’m with you on most aspects but I don’t think the winter window is one to judge Bruce on as it’s not an easy one to get good quality through the door especially having been rushed in last minute as he was with little time to prepare. We will not be adding multiple players come Jan and that will be clear to Bruce.

  • lesh

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #5


    You posted a link to the LSE and with it, your comment ‘Wow!!!’

    You sound excited about something, perhaps you could tell us what that something is?

    Is it relevant to NUFC?

  • hibbit

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    i hate Ashley with a passion, and Bruce is seen as Ashley’s agent and i think that’s were a lot of the hate comes from as a lot just see him as an extension of Ashley’s yes men,

    but on the football side the time to judge Bruce is at the end of the season not before.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we nees a midfielder and a striker, be it on loan or permanent. But they need to be the right midfielder and right striker.

    There are always players avaialble. If Nickson and his team, plus Bruce and any of his contacts are any good, they will be able to find the right type of players available. I’m not talking big superstars, or big money. The right player could cost half a million from the Swedish league, but if he has the temperament and attributes to improve the team and compliment those around him then great. Plenty of leagues are finished over this period. You just need to be able to lpok, and odentify the right player.

    Difficult window is a cop out and an easily trotted out excuse which really only applies to those looking to sign the best around.

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    lesh my post was in response to toon22’s usual ill-informed gloating

    Sports Direct changed it’s name last Monday
    since last Wednesday the share price increased
    31% (remarkable)
    Clearly results were the main driver
    but an obituary for SDI and Ashley are somewhat premature

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    are = is

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Lil we are on a similar page. I’m still concerned about Bruce and Rafa was a better long term option. But what I won’t tolerate is the “don’t criticise rafa” brigade who then stone Steve Bruce for doing a similar or better job than rafa, with marginally worse players. Or for airbrushing some of the similarly bad football from rafa. In terms of player quality available, losing perez has lost us a great link up player and a guy who was superb running with the ball at speed and under control, to get us up the pitch. He was also brilliant at pressing opposing defenders and midfielders. As for Bruce I wud blame him more if he hadn’t taken the job than for taking a job than any geordie manager wud covet, even if he is a coach not a mgr.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Good news. Might have a chance of beating Man Utd now Dummett’s out.


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