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Bruce Gives Update On Squad Fitness After West Ham Stalemate


We’ve been waiting for Steve Bruce to relent a bit with selecting Allan Saint-Maximin. It seems like Wednesday at Manchester City could be the time the Frenchman gets a much-needed break.

After the 1-1 draw against West Ham, Steve Bruce gave a partial update on the injury situation. It looks like he could be resting Allan mid-week.

Bruce also confirmed that both Sean Longstaff, who was not in the squad today, and Isaac Hayden could miss a significant portion of the rest of this season.

Saint-Maximin is one of four Magpies to start all five games since the season resumed. The others are Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, and Javier Manquillo.

Bruce is still short at center-back, though Florian Lejeune was spotted during training in the lead up to today’s match. How close the Frenchman is to getting back on the pitch is unclear, though.

We expected Danny Rose to be back this afternoon after playing very well in the first three games back. He could be back at right-back against Manchester City to give Javier Manquillo a needed breather.

With the way Emil Krafth has performed over the past two matches, he could get a third straight start at the Etihad on Wednesday.

There’s still plenty of options in attack and at fullback. But the midfield and center of defense is starting to look a little thin. We’ll find out more this week as the lads prepare for Manchester City.

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459 comments so far

  • The Almighty Sausage

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #1

    1st (sausage)

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  • The Almighty Sausage

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #2

    2nd (sausage)

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  • The Almighty Sausage

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #3

    3rd (sausage)

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  • The Almighty Sausage

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Too many sausages

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  • The Almighty Sausage

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #5

    You can never have too many sausages…

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  • The Almighty Sausage

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Night night….

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  • Northumbrian

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Sandwich.

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  • Mund

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #8

    i’m partial to a bit of bacon with me sausage like…

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  • Northumbrian

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope citeh play this bad when they play us.

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  • Mund

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #10

    apparently with ashley’s chopper been seen it was Barnes using it

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  • Bigjim67

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Was dissapointed with the result today but i suppose a point is better than nowt, ASM looked tired today so i think he should be rested for Wednesday’s game.
    Miggy looked up for it and Krafth had a canny game aswell.
    Voted for Shelvey for mom, he was determined to get that equaliser.
    Glad Villa got beaten, can’t stand them and hope they go down again. We can all laugh at them the way they mocked us. Horrible club and horrible fans.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Southampton have played exceptionally well. No wat City will be as bad again ,surely not. ?…

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  • Mund

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Maxi needed a rest today and should of went with Lazaro from the start. i’ve been saying he needs a rest for a while now i knew Bruce would burn him out

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  • GhostToon

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Well another season is pretty much over where survival has been achieved with 5 games remaining.

    Lets hope this takeover finally goes through soon so we can look forward to more than just playing russian roulette relegation each year.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #15

    We’ve had 8 home draws this season.
    A few of those converted to wins would have seen as well up the table.
    Rekindles the need for a striker debate.

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  • Mund

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #16

    defo need a striker just depends on who the owners are because i cant see ashley forking out again after big Joe’s flop of a season

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  • Simmo1957

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Southampton have got the three. No way will city get anything from this. Hope we can do just as well against them. HWTL.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #18

    GP and Jib, from previous

    Joelinton’s fee was £39.6m according to this:

    https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/jumplist/transfers/spieler/333241/transfer_id/2571479

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  • Northumbrian

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #19

    So 8 home drawers into wins would put us on 59 points and if you look at the table we would be 3rd.

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #20

    KV
    Transfermarkt’s info on fees isn’t very reliable

    If Barnes was rally in the NE maybe it was to tell the staff some news about the club sale

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #21

    City have 23 shots and 74% possession for their 0 goals here

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  • GhostToon

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Think we need 2x strikers minimum if we have new owners.

    If its the turd then we will probably have to loan a striker with an option to buy.

    I think Rose or Willems and Benteleb he will keep as they are cheap buy options and that will be our lot for the season.

    Anyway, really dont want to think about next season with the slug in charge…way too depressing.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Locinver, absolutely, we are desperate for an out and out goal scorer. A la Danny inns or someone of that ilk. I know it’s stating the bleeding obvious. Until we have new owners it will never change.

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #24

    was really

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #25

    A corner in the dying seconds
    GULP
    Now a fee kick double gulp

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  • Simmo1957

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Southampton have been outstanding. Oh ooo trouble.KDB free kick os the area. Let’s see ?…

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #27

    BBC report the same figure:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49039959

    I haven’t really heard anyone contest that figure to be honest. If it’s any less, then the club have sat back silently while the fans are lied to again, this time being told our owners are investing more in players than they actually have. Either way, it’s not reflecting well on them for me.

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Wow
    3 points for Soton

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  • Simmo1957

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Well done Saints. Anybody can beat anybody. What an effort.

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  • Bigjim67

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Southampton were battered 2nd half but that was a deserved victory, same for us hopefully on Wednesday! (the victory not the battering) lol.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 5, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #31

    GhostToon

    I agree that we need a striker or two in without doubt. Not bringing in a new LB would be a massive oversight though, IMO. We’ll only have Dummett that’s a “natural” there once Rose is gone, and for me Dummett’s better as a CB anyway.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda,
    Quick reply. The points tally (45 I think you mentioned?) was at the END of the season.

    We haven’t had 43 points at THIS stage, since 2014.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Big Jim hopefully.

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  • magicmac54

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Kev shocking if we payed that for joelinton a very poor player, i still think there is something very dodgy about that deal, it has the Ashley finger prints written all over it, and he always starts no matter how bad he plays which lets be frank is quite often, i honestly dont think Joelinton would get a game at any other premier league team, so who sanctioned the deal for joelinton, and to think we let Ivan Tony go for peanuts. HWTL

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  • Simmo1957

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Tell you what, followed this blog for years, today has been one of the best. Respect to all including the Harrison family they do a grand job. I’m new to posting on here but felt that this needed to be said. HWTL.

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  • magicmac54

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #36

    A master class in defending by Southampton tonight, and a great victory.

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  • toon22

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #37

    JIB

    Yeh the club usually keeps the staff in the loop about everything dont they
    If the staff had been told any “news” we would know by now

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  • martoon

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Observations from today’s game:
    Overall West Ham were the slightly better team although we had some dominant periods in the game so maybe a draw was a fair result.
    I’m not anti-Joelinton but he had a poor game today – for a Brazilian he has a very poor first touch.
    Manquillo was getting murdered by Jarred Bowen so why not put on Rose to see if he could handle him any better.
    Why when we put Carroll on do we fail to get any decent crosses in for him?
    When MSM is not as his best the whole team seems to play poorly!

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  • toon22

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #39

    We only found out about the staff being furloughed via the staff
    And iirc wernt they told via email ?

    Jabba and the rest of his goons hold the clubs staff in contempt at best

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  • toon22

    Jul 5, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #40

    martoon

    Those are the kind of things a competent manager would have done
    We dont have one

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