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Bruce Provides A Positive Injury Update And Responds To Almiron’s Agent



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.

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59 comments so far

  • Mund

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Bruce on Almiron: “I’ve said what a great pro and a great lad he is. If HE comes to me and says there’s a problem, then of course I’ll sit up and listen. What I won’t do is take it from a two-bob agent. I’d be disgusted, if I was Miggy, at my agency saying those things.” #NUFC

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  • Mund

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Bruce on Almiron agent comments: “It borders on being so disrespectful, it’s scary, and smacks of amateurism… a poor agent, who should know better, when he has a client as good as Almiron is. Why would you want to put your client in that situation?” #NUFC
    @bbcnewcastle

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  • JohnReese

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I see there’s some talk of banning heading at youth levels of football and potentially banning it in training for all senior levels. I’m
    Not entirely sure what I think about it. Obviously something needs to be done about dementia in football but surely there needs to be reports done on the implications of heading these modern balls. Yeah some of those old balls felt like heading a concrete block but the new ones you barely feel.

    Probably just me being old fashioned but where does it stop once you start going down that road? Do all professional boxers have to start wearing head guards? What about rugby?

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Super Shearer
    Ashley gone way past worrying what the fans say about his spending after 14 years! So the January window is irrelevant to him. He’s definitely trying to sell to the Saudis who know it’s overpriced but it suits them to buy us as we are a fast track into the top 6 with sensible investment!
    If he wasn’t serious he wouldn’t bother with legal action other than compo and that’s not the motive.
    It’s happening mate! Hard to believe but it is!

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Seems like a sensible press conference from Bruce for a change. Interesting to hear him ripping into Almiron’s agent, but I guess it does two things – tells Miggy that he’s not in bother (a good thing) but also that he should get a better agent (also a good thing).

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  • toon22

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    JR

    Logic would suggest if heading the ball caused the illness most all footballers would have it
    Especially defenders
    I’d say they might have an issue with players from years ago when the ball was a lot heavier maybe

    But to claim heading the ball causes 100 % of the problem is crackers

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    SuperShearer, I understand your concern but I think the Saudi’s never wanted anything public with the initial bid in the first place. They wanted it all hush hush. So their silence at the moment is a good thing, they have no reason to come out and say if they’re interested or not whilst court action is taking place. They know they aren’t liked by the league so best to keep quiet so nobody can accuse them of leaks or anything.

    I’m also always skeptical or what Ashley’s true intentions are, but i feel what you said about January would have also applied to the start of season, where he didn’t spend a fortune but he did invest. Whether he invests in January or not won’t tell us either way if the takeover is happening or not. If he spends nowt then we’re used to that and tells us nothing. If he spend a bit, then he done that at the start of the season so also tells us nothing.

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Stick Wilson on the bench, he can come on for 20 minutes if he’s been in full training this week.

    But then, who do you start up front, Carroll or Joelinton? I’m not sure I fancy either, TBF, though I’d probably go with Carroll.

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    If they banned heading the likes of Pulis and Big Sam and Bruce would be in even less demand than they are now.

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    JohnReese
    Rugby have already got an initiative and have banned head high tackles. The dangers are different for them as they obviously don’t head the ball.
    I’m not convinced about the footy connection though as I know of a lot of women and non footballers who have dementia!

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Rob
    I honestly think Carroll is just a liability now as he can hardly run now!

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  • JohnReese

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    There are definitely some people who are more likely to get it. I’ve seen links between repetitive concussions leading to it. It’s why boxers used to have a specific form of dementia they suffered from. I dare say a lot of past problems could stem from the fact, you used to play through concussions and take even more hits on potentially the exact same area of your brain.

    If the leagues were really that bothered, players should be receiving scans. It’s not like there isn’t enough money in the sport.

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #13

    I have to disagree with anybody who says we are inconsistent. Our performances have been consistently awful. In the last two seasons only Bournemouth was good, and it wasn’t world class. We’ve had a few standard wins against Everton, West Ham etc, but they weren’t out of the ordinary – just bog standard wins that we just about deserved. Other than a few games (anomolies) we have been absolutely awful. If we’d been as good as we were awful, we’d have been almost undefeated in two seasons. Results are the only thing that haven’t been consistent, but a few of them were lucky. Even Bruce admitted himself Chelsea last year, Everton last year, the point against Spurs this year (and a few others possibly) were daylight robbery to use Hayden’s words. He even admits it after the match that we were lucky, then when fans call him lucky he explodes forgetting he said as much himself after a few of the games.

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  • Not another deJong

    Nov 20, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Bruce will play both Carroll and Joelinton

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  • boss hoggs atm

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    We are a stepping stone for the better players in the game, always will be, he’ll be off next summer, no doubt about it, along with Maxim, before their value diminishes

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16

    What has Miggy added to the team’s performances? Not a lot imo! Nor has Joelinton so that’s £60 million wasted! Compare that to Wilson for £20 million.
    Now we’re never gonna offload Joey but probably get our money back on Miggy if he goes to Spain or Italy, so I’d sell him in January!

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  • Mund

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle Consortium Supporters
    @NCSL1892
    ·
    18s
    Does this worry fans? A bankrupt club goes to EFL’s solicitor to complain about, say Covid payments, & EPL send their solicitor to deal with it. We hear they wouldn’t leave the room. It’s those same 2 little birds representing them both! Conflict? ZebraZebraWhite circleBlack circleWhite circle #NUFC #NUFCTakeover

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  • simon376

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Toon 22

    I think you are more or less right there, yes years ago that ball would have caused no end of bother, the one now nowhere near as much but maybe still some damage.

    Speaking of heading and effecting different players depending on their positions, I read years ago about heading a football and every time done you loose hair follicles, we just have to look at Shearer among others. Thing that really hits home with me is Gavin, he started loosing his hair in later 20’s early 30’s from getting the ball crossed in and him heading. His Dad Keith who is about to turn 76 still has a full head of hair, but he was a winger making the crosses for players like Gav to head, so could be something in that

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  • Northumbrian

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    What’s wrong that Bruce just doesn’t just get miggy into his office and ask him outright “do you want to stay or go”? “If you want to stay tell me where you think I’m going wrong”. After all he’s supposed to be a great man manager.

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Moony, agreed that Carroll doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

    Shame we’re here – Rondon has said he’d like to come back to the Toon. Imagine having him as an alternative instead of Carroll or Joelinton?

    Have to say I disagree with you on Miggy – he had 4 assists in 5 games at one point early this season, including cup matches. He is very effective when played in the right position, but who knows how often he’ll get to do that?

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  • Mund

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Department for Culture, Media and Sport calling Premier League leadership into doubt, threatening to take over the administration of the sport and demanding clarity and openness both for them and for fans.

    Pretty strongly worded shot across the bows for the Premier League generally and Richard Masters specifrically.

    https://twitter.com/Andy_Ebs4/status/1329748145811705856

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  • Mund

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Football is going to change IMO The government now see the incompetence within the top footballing authorities and will not sit idly by no more and will demand change.

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  • Northumbrian

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    #22 rob, I bet master’s sphincter has just tightened a wee bit.
    😀

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Jesus that’s a really damning letter. If nothing else it at least highlights that the government are aware of just how badly Masters and his cronies are running things at the moment. It surely can’t be much longer until he resigns or is forced to resign?

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Also the hypocrisy in Bruce calling Almirons agent an amateur. How about instead of having some pathetic back and forth in the media, take Almiron to one side and speak directly and privately with him about his future at the club and his plans? Coming out and bad mouthing his agent in the media is going to make things more awkward for Almiron and the situation worse. That’s hardly a professional way to deal with it, is it?

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  • onmeedsun

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    We will spend in Jan if there is any money left, but Ashley won’t be putting any of his own cash in. Equally he won’t take any out while the takeover is still on. The biggest risk is we continue to be in a state of limbo and nothing will move forward, including the manager. Relegation is all we should be concerned about at the moment, forget this top 10 nonsense.

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  • JohnReese

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Adamn,

    I’m not sure Masters is the type of man who would resign and quite frankly if I was someone in a position of power I wouldn’t be pushing him to resign either. There’s going to be a whole load of crap coming the way of the Prem in the hopefully not to distant future, use him as a sacrificial lamb until you’re out the other side then pin all the blame on him as you look to reform.

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  • Mund

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #29

    Regarding arbitration “Any such process would require pre-hearing disclosure from both parties and sources close to the failed deal suspect the Premier League is anxious to avoid the need to make such revelations.” [Guardian] #N

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  • Mund

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    George Caulkin
    @GeorgeCaulkin
    ·
    3m
    Newcastle’s statement yesterday doesn’t get us closer to knowing the 1 thing everybody wants to know – takeover, yes or no – but it proves one thing definitively: Ashley remains desperate for it to happen & is prepared to make life as uncomfortable as possible for the PL. #NUFC

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    @JohnReese, I can’t see him resigning of his own accord but what I could see is him being told to resign. If things keep piling up on the Premier League then something is going to have to give. They are a laughing stock at the moment and soon they’ll have to make a significant sacrifice to make it look like they’re actually doing something and I can see that sacrifice being Masters.

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  • Wor Bairle

    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    One or two on here have had way too much heading practice.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #33

    On balance I don’t want to see Wilson in the squad this weekend.
    If his hamstring isn’t right he’ll rupture it, sure as shoyte. Sod’s law dictates that.

    You’ve got to tread very carefully with hamstrings …pardon the pun 🙂
    But of course dinoBruce knows that..
    Doesn’t he.
    Doesn’t he?

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Northumbrian “I bet master’s sphincter has just tightened a wee bit.”

    😀

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  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Masters will be muttering to himself all day

    “I would have got away with it, if it wasn’t for that pesky Jacobs”

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  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Have sky reported on the legal dispute between the PL and Nufc at all?

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37

    On the Mig
    Another view is that it’s a sure-fire way to push a player out – banish him to the bench, put him out of position when he does get on the pitch, then slap his agent about a bit.
    Bruce didn’t bring Mig into the cloob either.
    He would much rather get one of his own signings in the side, and stick with him against the evidence.

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  • Northumbrian

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #38

    OP, last night mate a whole 15 seconds on it.

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Suddenly, there’s another avenue which has opened up then – that the Premier League is effectively stripped of the power to administer it’s own league, power being placed in the hands of an independent body with greater fan oversight and, no doubt, more equality between the clubs.

    I imagine if the club and the consortium were to apply for the O&D test under that new regime it would be passed far more easily.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #40

    OP not a word

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