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Bruce Worried About Wellbeing Of This Magpie For Leicester City

On Saturday, Newcastle felt the effects of playing less than 48 hours earlier. That was none more apparent than in watching Florian Lejeune struggle all game until Steve Bruce replaced him in the 74th minute.

Yesterday 20-year-old Kelland Watts trained with the first team. We would expect him to at least make the bench tomorrow with Bruce being short three defenders.

He could also make his debut if Bruce rests Florian Lejeune. The Frenchman has just returned to the team against Crystal Palace 10 days ago. Despite not playing for over 8 months, Florian has started three games in 7 days.

Bruce may be thinking very hard whether he’s going to risk giving the 28-year-old another start to make it 4 games in less in a week and a half.

Such is life on Tyneside at the moment. Newcastle just keep picking up muscular injuries which has stretched the squad to its max. Our opponents tomorrow have had much better luck.

They should be in much better shape for the match tomorrow. Brendan Rodgers made nine changes to his side in their 2-1 win at West Ham on Saturday. They also will only be without Matty James, who’s not played for Leicester in almost a year.

The Chronicle have published some comment from Bruce on the Leicester City match. This is some of what he had to say:

“To make as many changes as they did (on Saturday) is pretty drastic, but obviously, with the two games they’ve played, he must have been looking at it and thinking of ours as well.

“We’re all wanting four or five changes. It’s ludicrous.

“You’re asking questions of the wellbeing of someone like Flo Lejeune for example.

“You’re asking him to play, and it’s not right, so we have to do something about it in this country.

“I know it’s the festive period and all the rest of it, but it’s ridiculous when you see some of the states that they’re in, especially the ones who played on Boxing Day and Saturday.

“It certainly isn’t right, we’ve got to do something about it.”

Tomorrow’s game is going to be a struggle. Bruce may roll the dice with players like Florian and Andy Carroll, believing he can rest them for the FA Cup match at Rochdale.

That would then give them over a full week of rest before we travel to Wolverhampton, which is another match that will be very difficult to get anything from.

However, it may be best just to rest Florian Lejeune and give Kelland Watts a start. Four games in a week and a half for a player coming back from two major knee injuries could be asking too much.

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18 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    One of the things that comes to mind is under Rafa he stopped, not all but limited the amount of injuries the team had, maybe Rafa’s training technics were much better, what am I saying, Rafa’s training technics where much better.

    Maybe Bruce is training the team harder than needed, maybe the facilities are shot, all I know is we seem to have more players on the injury list than under Rafa.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Fifteen games for a League 2 team to the PL would seem like a quantum leap – but if there’s one thing Bruce knows it’s CB play. He’s had a good look at him at Benton.
    One plus for Watts is that he’s equally comfortable on the left or right of central defence

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3


    “David Moyes: New West Ham manager says winning is ‘what I do'”

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    On a positive note.. Bruce quotes at least prove he is fully aware playing Lejeune again tomorrow would be folly .
    In his situation he is a muscle injury waiting to happen.
    He shouldn’t be on the bench either.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Had to laugh watching that interview,,with the defiant self congratulatory jutting out of the chin as he said it

  • posada

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    The atmosphere at the ground was on a par with most of the previous three years.
    No Wor Flags.
    Personally I don’t miss them.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    So at the moment are we looking at only really having Fernandez 100% fit for the Leicester game out of our centre halfs?

  • posada

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Did anyone mention Sky Ref Watch.
    Dermott is normally as slippery as a box of frogs in defending the match official.
    Not so this time.
    Said the two handed push on Carroll was a pen, without doubt.

    Mason was terrible. At 48 probably too old. They won’t give it up now as they are on good wages.
    In real time you can get that wrong sure.

    But how did VAR get it wrong from the slow mo replay.

    Many said VAR would stop bias ? By the time they have applied clear and obvious as they see fit they can justify just about anything. Consequently it is even worse.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Did Moyes threaten to slap anyone?

  • Harley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa definitely seemed to sort the injuries out. We seem to have reverted to type now with everyone picking up strains etc. How are all the other clubs managing?!!! Don’t think sports science is Bruce’s thing.

  • geordietom

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #11

    just popped quick visit , Happy New Year to all Newcastle United Fans where ever you are . hope you get everything you hope for in 2020 …

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #12


    9 Bournemouth, Newcastle
    8 Palace, Watford
    7 L’pool
    6 Chelsea
    5 Man U, Villa
    4 & below the rest

  • geordietom

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    popped in *

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #14

    happy new year tom. only four hours to go for me, my best mates just waking up in the falklands. guess ill be the first to celebrate new year/ black out haha

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafa definitely seemed to sort the injuries out. We seem to have reverted to type now with everyone picking up strains etc. How are all the other clubs managing?!!! Don’t think sports science is Bruce’s thing.

    It’s probably Mike Ashley’s fault

  • geordietom

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16


    have a goodun mate …

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17

    back to the top lindisfarne after 3 and a half years few injuries

  • geordietom

    Dec 31, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18


    where are you mate ? Tokyo ?


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