During Steve Bruce’s press conference this morning, there were some silver linings with the injury situation. It looks like Jamaal Lascelles will be in the squad on Tuesday against Rochdale.
We could see the captain make an appearance similar to Matt Ritchie, who played about 30 minutes in his return from a four-month layoff.
It doesn’t end there, as Allan Saint-Maximin, Fabian Schar, and Jonjo Shelvey all could be involved against Chelsea on Saturday. Though we think it may be best to proceed with the utmost caution on these three players.
Injury analyst Ben Dinnery tweeted the following from Steve Bruce’s press conference.
Jamaal Lascelles is expected to be included in the squad while Joelinton (groin) has an outside chance. Schar will rejoin the group this week and could be available, along with Saint-Maximin and Shelvey in GW23.
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 13, 2020
The brightest news could be getting Jamaal Lascelles back. We’ve been without the captain for two months, and having him and Matt Ritchie in the team will make us even more resilient on the pitch.
We’ll see if he can get some minutes on Tuesday or if Bruce saves him for Saturday. He’s in a slightly different position to many of our wounded players in that his injury was skeletal and not muscular. So he could be fit and ready to play a part against Rochdale.
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