Steve Bruce has had a horrible week since Christmas day. Newcastle have lost three on the trot culminating in a decimated squad that has at least 10 players suffering from injuries.
It all spilled over yesterday when we were forced down to ten men with four players having to come off injured. The state of affairs at Newcastle right now is quite dire. It’s all come apart in just one week.
Next up is the FA Cup tie at Rochdale, which Steve Bruce again has to make some difficult decisions with his team selection. He may have to draft in some youngsters to fill out the squad. It is something Bruce has given thought to.
The Chronicle have published the following comments from Bruce when asked if he’ll dip into the U23s for Saturday’s FA Cup match:
“Yes. Well, we’ll see what we’ve got.
“We’ve got to look at all sorts of the squad, so we’ll see what we’ve got.
“Look, we’ve got 10 people missing. Now as we speak, we’ve got 10 out of 22 outfield players, which obviously is not healthy.
“Look, it’s happened, it is upon us.
“We’ve had a bad week and we’ve got to try to put it right, get ready for the cup-tie on Saturday and try to look forward.
“We’ve got a little bit of light with Matt Ritchie and Lascelles and Dummett, so we’ll see what we’ve got.”
It would be very timely to get Ritchie, Lascelles, or Dummett back for Wolves a week on Saturday. However, only Dummett would be in contention for the weekend.
The report in the Chronicle says that Bruce will take stock of what he has at training today and make a decision. Bruce does seem to think that Dummett is in contention. This is what Bruce had to say about his six center-backs:
“It’s a big day for somebody like Dummy. Ciaran Clark, I can’t see it, and I can’t see Lascelles either, so out of six, we’ve got four missing.
We hope that Florian Lejeune will not be involved on Saturday. Five games in two weeks for a player who had missed over eight months with a severe injury is beyond ludicrous.
Having Paul Dummett back would help with giving Lejeune a rest. He could slot Emil Krafth or Isaac Hayden in for Schar on the right side. Or even bring in young Kelland Watts for a game it’s too early for Dummett.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 3-0 Defeat To Leicester City?
- Martin Dubravka (66%, 1,073 )
- Miguel Almiron (10%, 169 )
- Federico Fernandez (4%, 72 )
- Yoshinori Muto (4%, 58 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 51 )
- Joelinton (3%, 43 )
- Florian Lejeune (2%, 37 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 27 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 23 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 21 )
- Emil Krafth (1%, 19 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 16 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 11 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 6 )
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