After a two-week international break, Newcastle invite Manchester United to St James Park tomorrow evening. Newcastle are looking to build on a four-match unbeaten run while the Red Devils will want to atone for the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham in their last match.
Steve Bruce gave a positive update on injuries during his press conference. Though it looks like six will be unavailable. Martin Dubravka, Dwight Gayle, and Matt Ritchie are all out with long-term injuries while Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, and Matty Longstaff have just returned from injury since our win over Burnley.
Newcastle have gotten on off to a very promising start despite some dreadful performances. However, most of those did not include our talisman Allan Saint-Maximin, who this week has signed a new six-year contract.
Having Allan in the side makes such a difference for Newcastle. It’s like night and day. He’ll probably be buzzing for tomorrow night’s match after signing his new deal.
Bruce does have a handful of players returning from international duty in Miguel Almiron, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick, Emil Krafth, Jamal Lewis, and Fabian Schar. All of the six except for Krafth featured heavily over the break which could play into Bruce’s thinking on team selection.
We don’t expect too many changes from the Burnley win. Though Jamaal Lascelles should be back and with Fabian Schar starting three matches for Switzerland, that’s a likely change.
Bruce may also abandon the Jeff Hendrick on the right experiment as well which has had mixed results. Hendrick started all three of the Republic of Ireland’s matches so may need a break on Saturday.
No matter what the team is, Newcastle are in decent shape to pick up a result and improve what has been an overall positive start to this season.