During Steve Bruce’s conference for Wolves this morning, he gave a very promising update on the injury situation at Newcastle. First, he confirmed that Karl Darlow’s injury is not serious verifying previous reports.
While Darlow is not yet cleared for Sunday, he only suffered a contact injury. So that is outstanding news. Bruce will see how he progresses over the next few days before making a decision on his availability for Wolves.
That is also the case for Isaac Hayden, who was taken off only minutes into the second half last Saturday with an apparent hamstring injury. Hayden has had his scans and they too reveal nothing serious.
This is Bruce’s update on Isaac’s condition per Newcastle’s Twitter account:
“He’s looking to train today. It was more of a cramp than a strain – so the scan revealed. We’ll see how he is today and tomorrow but with hamstrings you have to be a bit careful.”
Hayden will be involved in training today though, like Darlow, may miss out on Sunday as a precaution. If he is unavailable, it’ll be interesting to see who Bruce brings in. Fabian Schar was brought on for Isaac against the Red Devils.
However, it looks like Matty Longstaff will not be available as he’s pegged to play for the U23s once again today. Here is what Bruce said about Matty, and his brother Sean, who was ill this week:
“The three lads that played in the U23 on Monday will have benefited from that and Matty Longstaff will play at West Brom today. Sean Longstaff has declared himself OK. He’s had tonsillitis but we’ve got one or two coming back which is a good thing.”
With Longstaff playing today, he most likely won’t feature on Sunday. However, both Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett should be available. So the injury situation is looking much better from earlier in the week.
However, there could still be six unavailable for Sunday’s match if Darlow and Hayden are ruled out. They would join the three with long-term injuries – Martin Dubravka, Dwight Gayle, and Matt Ritchie – along with Matty Longstaff.