Steve Bruce has given his press conference for tomorrow’s match against Chelsea. Of course, as is often the case, the head coach started with an injury update. We have to say it is a very positive one.
Bruce has confirmed that both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie are in contention for tomorrow, though it may be too early for Jonjo. Both have recently returned to training after long lay-offs.
Here is what Bruce said about the duo per Newcastle’s Twitter account:
“It might be a bit early for Jonjo Shelvey but he’s trained over the last three days. Matt Ritchie is another one who has trained and it’s good news for us all that they’re around the group again and available for selection.”
Bruce did go on to reveal that Ryan Fraser is definitely out for tomorrow’s match. Though that may not be the case for his former-Bournemouth sidekick Callum Wilson, who is desperate to play.
Here is Bruce’s update on our leading goal-scorer:
“Ryan Fraser won’t make it for Saturday but Callum Wilson has a chance. If there’s any risk whatsoever then he won’t play but he has trained the last few days and was very comfortable yesterday. He wants to play.”
While Callum is pushing to play a part tomorrow, hopefully, Bruce will not succumb to that temptation. It’s a far wiser move to give the 28-year-old another week of recovery than risk a long-term problem.
Bruce also gave an update on Paul Dummett, who reportedly suffered a major setback with a hamstring injury. The defender hasn’t played since January and just can’t seem to get fit.
However, it does not appear to be as serious as first reported. Here is what Bruce said about Dummett’s situation:
“He’s not quite right. I wouldn’t say it was a setback but Paul was one of those players that desperately needed a pre-season and suffered without it. We just have to be a bit more patient.”
Another area of interest for Newcastle fans is the Miguel Almiron situation. This past week his agent Daniel Campos made some very inappropriate comments to Paraguayan radio.
Almiron was not seen in training yesterday and remained with the Paraguay national team for their match against Bolivia on Tuesday despite being ineligible. Bruce was not too pleased with the agent’s comments and responded as such during today’s press conference.
The Chronicle has published the following statement from Bruce on Miguel’s agent:
“The agent is an amateur who is looking to make a fast buck. I couldn’t miss them because they were that outrageous.
“It’s a two bob agent and it was amateurish It’s hugely disrespectful to his client.
“Had it been Miguel Almiron coming to see me that is different.”
As for Almiron’s availability tomorrow, he only arrived back in Newcastle late last night so it’s wait and see on him for Chelsea. Bruce did confirm that he passed in Covid-19 test.
“He didn’t get in until 11pm last night after being half-way around the world. He had to be COVID tested but everything seems to be OK in that respect so we’ll see on him.”
Overall, it’s not too bad injury-wise. Though Bruce should play it safe and get save Shelvey and Wilson for Crystal Palace on Friday.