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Bruce Confirms Two Injury Scares After Manchester United Defeat

Steve Bruce has spoken after tonight’s poor 4-1 defeat against Manchester United. Bruce has confirmed that both Isaac Hayden and Karl Darlow have suffered injuries.

Hayden has suffered a hamstring injury which actually occurred in the first half. He came out to start the second but only lasted a couple of minutes. Here is what Bruce said about Isaac’s injury per Newcastle’s Twitter page:

“Unfortunately he nicked a hamstring in the first half, just before half-time. We thought he was going to be OK for the second but obviously, he wasn’t.”

As is the case with performances, it’s one step forward and two steps back with injuries. Just when it looked like we had turned a corner, it’s another injury to a key player. But the bigger worry could be with Karl Darlow.

Darlow was brave and put in a tremendous performance once again. However, he suffered what looked like a groin injury after a collision with Marcus Rashford. Karl stayed in the game but now faces a scan to see the extent of his injury.

This is the update Bruce provided for our in-form keeper:

“He took a hell of a blow. We hope that he’s not too bad. Until we see the scans we won’t know how it is but he’s very sore.”

It could be a serious problem if Darlow faces any time on the sidelines with Martin Dubravka out until December. That would hand first-team duties to Mark Gillespie and young Dan Langley would move into the matchday squad as the back-up.

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116 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #1

    It wasn’t a terrible performance, but really we deserve a side that can get on the ball and play a bit.

    Shelvey, Hendrick, Hayden, S Longstaff, Schar, Matty Longstaff just not enough dynamism and quality in that group of midfielders for a club our size.

  • ramboreilly

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #2

    So we carried on playing 2 injured players,unbelievable. How often does this happen under Bruce.Then bringing Shar on in midfield when he was awful last season there.Bruce is a bloody awful tactical manager.

  • WLtoon

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Evening lads n lasses, hope you all enjoyed that shower of shite against one of the worst Manure teams in the last 20years, embarrassing.
    Plz for the love of god, next time we have a result prediction poll when playing against one of the top 6? can we take the blinkers off and go with our heads instead of our hearts.
    Manure may have been 16th before the game but they are streets ahead of us lot, and were just keeping that 16th spot warm for us.

  • Corkypants

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Hayden is absolutely pivotal to this team after we lost him there was nobody doing the donkey work

  • ramboreilly

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #5

    I said we needed pace before the game,what we got was Hayden,Shelvey,Hendrick and Joelinton, the exact opposite. I can’t believe a manager,with 20 years experience can be so clueless. Bruce out.

  • Greebol1892

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #6

    We are better without Hayden who rarely gets near an opposing player nor creates nor passes the ball forward.
    Darlow has been in great form.
    Our player of the season will still be our goalkeeper.
    To put Joelinton ahead of Almiron is typical of an inept manager with a fantastic record of relegations.
    With 1 goal chalked off for offside, 1 missed penalty and 2 goal-line clearances it could easily have been even more embarrassing.
    On a positive note, Schar showed Shelvey how to actually pass to one of our own players.
    Shelveys set-pieces are consistently atrocious.
    Sick of defensive tactics and playing to NICK A GOAL.


  • WLtoon

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Bruce showed tonight why he is clueless, Hendrick on from the start instead of Almiron, who he gave 10 mins at the end of the game. Shambles.
    I`m 56 , and would have more of an impact than Hendrick, no pace, no threat, no nothing.
    Almiron must be thinking what the hell has he done wrong not to be picked ahead of that clown.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #8

    If Rafa was here he’d pair Longstaff and Hayden behind Joel, St Max and Miggy, with Wilson up top, and just have them snapping into tackles in the middle of the park and laying the ball off to what is a decent attacking group of players.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope all the clowns singing Bruces praises and denigrating Benitez (otherwise known as wums and lost mackems) stop posting their nonsense on this blog.

    Hopefully we will get taken over and we can see the back of Bruce. This team was set up in an incredibly cowardly fashion. They had absolutely no chance to win today. Bruce made sure of that. I don’t care how “nice” a guy he is in the dressing room. He once again showed himself to be a clueless clown.

    He was crying recently about getting “respect” that type of car crash tactical display deserves no “respect”.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #10

    It gets worse!

    Hayden was injured at HT and continued.

    Beggars belief.

    When has a tweaked hamstring suddenly got better by a 15min rest and then more physical activity?

    It’s your damn job to make those blatantly obvious calls.

  • Greebol1892

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Bruce was already resigned to losing tonight with his pre-match emphasis on how difficult it was going to be against a top side.


    Whatever happened to giving OUR OWN PLAYERS CONFIDENCE and sending out A POSITIVE MESSAGE….

    Shouldn’t you be doing that Bruce?


  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa and Bruce are both shite. Rafa at least had an assignable system to his name which he worked on and you could see become more efficient, however mind-numbing, negative and self-limiting it was.

    Rafa is looking like he could very well relegate his ‘project’ Chinese team having just lost the first leg of a relegation play-off and is apparently desperate to come back to Europe.

    Sure he regrets leaving for the £££££ now.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #13


    Aye, that’s what SBR did. He wasn’t the most tactically astute manager, but he was one of the best man-managers of all time. He knew how to get a tune out of players, get them revved up, make them believe in their ability and had the gonads to attack all-comers.

    Bruce is apparently a man manager, but by that I think people just mean players like playing under a man who accepts mediocrity, is a soft-touch and gives them plenty of down time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #14

    In Brucie’s 43 PL games here we’ve been tw@tted by three or more ten times. That’s nearly every four and a half games we can expect a good hiding 🙁

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #15

    The Hayden injury was the perfect time to switch it up, the opportunity fell into his lap and he didn’t grasp it. I worry why he or the other 2 Steve’s coudn’t see that. The injury excuse was ready made if it all goes tits up!

    I’m still giving him 10 games coz that’s the way I roll, just hope and pray we’re not in the bottom 3 then.

    If you can’t react then you probably can’t improvise. And we know he’s not proactive the way he sets up. Or maybe he’s just Agent Bruce following the doctrine!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Of course it’s about him being a soft touch and mediocre players knowing they’re guaranteed game time. Does anyone for a minute, bar Munster and catchy think that Haydens desire to leave then stay had anything to do with Bruce’s ability to improve him. Was it foot, it was because he knew if he signed a six year deal that the club would not go and sign his replacement or competition and as long as he gives a few interviews a year saying how great the Bruce is then he’s guaranteed a start week in week out.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t think Hayden staying had anything to do with Bruce and everything to do with his bairns health issues being resolved.

    That’s the only reason he wanted to leave in the first place.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #18

    We can give him as many or few games as we wish but until he drops well under that point per game average then he’s not going anywhere. One win buys him three defeats and so it will be for evermore. We could lose the next five in a row three nil and as long as we win that sixth then we are still on course and Churnley is happy.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #19


    I cannot agree pal, coz that would mean I’d be giving him 11 games!

    I go full shut down at 10.

  • magicmac54

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #20

    From the moment that snake in the grass Ashley walked into our club the nightmare has got worse and worse, at the moment its at an all time low with Bruce standing on the touchline trying to convince people he actually knows what he is doing with that blank look on his face, lets be brutally honest and call a spade a spade, Captain Mainwaring of dads army would do a better job, well he couldnt possibly be any worse. The Newcastle fans who live in geordie land are lucky as they dont have to face the smug and annoying and irritating Man Utd fans in the next few weeks showing pleasure and gloating how they hammered us at our own ground, its different for Newcastle fans living outside Newcastle, its so painful as they are so bloody patronising and full of themselves, i think ill hibernate for the next month to avoid these stupid and annoying plastic so called fans.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Good to see we’re not stagnating…

    We beat that lot 1-0 in the corresponding fixture last season.

    Regression =/= stagnation.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #22


    Aye pal, the Mancs are everywhere. But their attraction is waining and we didn’t take advantage of that. Agent Bruce did his job.

    Wee team up north us pal.

  • Greebol1892

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #23

    What nauseated me was the Irish studio panellists criticising Bruno Fernandes poor penalty after boasting about his perfect penalty statistics and it was an EASY SAVE.
    They said “UNITED” should have had penalty after “HAYDEN MULLINS” foul against Rashford.


  • boss hoggs atm

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Brucie, pathetic, embarrassing, inadequate, total joke, Man Utd were their for the raking, tonight flaming angry…

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #25

    It really winds me up when opportunities are missed, it’s downright failure in my book, although Catchy will try his best to get Bruceballs out the shit.

    Bruce was negligent tonight in his management of the Toon, it was evident.

  • boss hoggs atm

    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #26

    lol taking..

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #27

    If the fans were in the stadium I reckon there would be some booing going on towards Bruce.

    So he can just switch social media off and think he’s doing ok?

    If he was any sort of geordie at all he’d walk for the sake of the club.

  • WLtoon

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #28

    So, with all of that in mind, plz refrain in predicting a win against any of the big 6 just bcos they are , in many Toon fans`s eye`s, shite, it`s getting nauseous.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #29


    Nowt wrong with predicting a win against a team that are struggling pal.

    The problem is not trying to do that!

    They were there for the taking and we didn’t show up, again!

  • toon22

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #30

    It played out as youd expect
    We let em play and did nothing
    Cabbage heed might as well have stayed at home, probably would have been better if he had

    The turd seems not to notice or care, the only chance of he going is if he walks or dies

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #31

    I was one of the few on here who was prepared to give Bruce a chance to prove the doubters wrong but his total negligence in doing nowt about the injury to Darlow just prove his critics to be correct.

    It couldn’t have been more obvious that Darlow was struggling but he didn’t even have the sense to get the trainer on to give him some treatment, it might have been enough to get him to the end of the match.

    Seeing the way he was limping would have done nothing to improve the confidence of the outfield players.

  • Tonyd3b54

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Loss not do to effort. Due to lack of coaching and having a clue. Since Bruce has been here I have yet to see any sort of strategy in defense or offense other than sit way back and hoof it when we have it.

    Other teams outside the bottom 4 have a plan on how to get forward. They know where players are going to be and know where to move for a pass and after a pass. Our players look like they’re just told your playing rw or whatever now go out and play!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #33

    And once again we are into a negative GD, shades of seasons past, our club has all the makings of a Charles dickens story!

  • toon22

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Oddy enough when Darlow got injured it meant he couldnt just hoof it long
    Leaving us to play it out from the back

    His injury did more for our tactics than hes done in 15 months

  • toon22

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #35

    He wont walk
    He is on a winner

    Our only chance is a sale or he dies
    Dont mind right now what comes first

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Headless chickens.

    That’s what we were tonight.

  • toon22

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #37

    Claims to be a toon fan
    Hands Manu 3 points
    Might as well have been on a velvet cushion

    Job done for his beloved team

  • WLtoon

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #38

    Uncertain world,

    You answered your own reply to me , we did`nt show up AGAIN, and it goes on and on.

  • Hannibal

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #39

    We have a front set of players who actually have pace and skill but don’t play them, really makes no sense tonight.

    Wilson, ASM, Almiron, Fraser would be a dynamic attack but we sacrifice that for a midfield 3 of shelvey, hayden and hendrick which makes no sense.

    Why we are playing shelvey ahead of either of the longstaffs makes no sense to me either give one of the a run in the team alongside hayden or they never progress.

    What you see from shelvey is it, lathargic we desperately need some movement in the middle, the opposition must not feel any threat from our CM at the moment

  • toon22

    Oct 18, 2020 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #40

    You dont get to the level cabbage heed is at by doing tactics or having a clue
    Hes beyond that

    He is literally the worst manager in Prem history
    We would do better without a manager
    Just let it play out and see what happens is the level we are at


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