Steve Bruce has been speaking about the injury crisis again at Newcastle. After a week in which we saw several players return to training, the match at Wolves was another regression with three more players ruled out for Tuesday’s FA Cup replay.
Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle, who had just returned from injuries, went down on Saturday and had to be substituted early. They both will miss the replay against Rochdale.
Emil Krafth was a surprise omission from Saturday’s squad, and it looks like he is out with an undisclosed injury.
Joelinton has been struggling with a groin injury over the past few weeks and also will not be risked in the replay. However, it’s not just the players with injuries that are suffering.
The Telegraph have published the following comments from Steve Bruce on the state of his squad:
“Listen, they’re all in the red zone now. If I measured the two Longstaffs today and Almiron, they’ve run a million miles.
“To ask them to go again on Tuesday is the same thing, you run the risk. That’s why we do a rotation, but I’ve got no choice. I can’t rotate.”
It looks like Newcastle are suffering a massive fitness crisis that has now worsened after the draw at Molineux. Last week the signs emanating from the club were all positive. Many players had returned to training while the others were due to return in a week or two.
The good news is that most players are still only a few weeks away. However, there’s the issue of the FA Cup on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it’s also a self-inflicted problem as Rochdale should have already been taken care of at Spotland.
Tom Allan– will he make his debut on Tuesday?
However, Bruce will now have to field a team comprised of some youngsters to advance to face Oxford United in the fourth round in a few weeks.
The Chronicle have published the following comments from Bruce on the whether he’ll look to the Academy to fill the void left by the current injury crisis:
“We have two young kids in the Longstaffs in the middle of the park as far as I’m concerned.
“They were excellent, the two of them. They ran a million miles. So yeah, somebody else will get a chance.
“A bit like Sean, who was forced into the team last year and he took off.
“It might be for somebody else. We had two young ones on the bench today, so we will see what we have for Tuesday.”
Defender Kelland Watts and forward Tom Allan both made the bench against Wolves so they are ones likely to be involved against Rochdale.
There’s also striker Elias Sorensen and defender Ludwig Francillette who both traveled to Rochdale a week ago.
We could see several debuts at St James Park on Tuesday evening. Let’s hope these young guns are up to the task.
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