Steve Bruce has given his press conference this morning for our next crucial match, which comes on Sunday at Manchester United. There is a sliver of positive news coming from Bruce in his injury update.
After the injury debacle at Southampton claimed three Magpies, Bruce has declared that there are no fresh injury concerns for Sunday. Even better news is that Javier Manquillo’s ankle injury doesn’t appear to be as bad as first reported with the Spaniard responding well to treatment.
In addition to the promising news on Javier, Federico Fernandez has returned to training though Manchester United will be too soon for the Argentine to make his long-awaited return.
Here is some of Bruce’s update per Newcastle’s Twitter account:
“Thankfully we’ve not got any new injuries ahead of the weekend. Federico Fernández trained yesterday and the day before but Sunday will be too soon for him. We’re hoping he’ll be ready for Wolves.
“Fabian Schär has had his operation and Callum Wilson’s is a muscle injury so we have to be patient with him.
“The one that looks better is Javier Manquillo. He twisted his ankle badly but has responded well to his treatment.”
Getting Fede back for Wolves should help shore up our porous defense in what looks to be a massive fixture at St. James’ Park in 8 days. The defender has missed the last 7 matches with his hamstring injury.
As for Manquillo, his original timeframe was 6 to 8 weeks like Callum Wilson. Getting him back for any matches before the international break will be a bonus considering how much Emil Krafth struggled against Chelsea.
Bruce also said the following about Paul Dummett, who put in a warrior-like performance when he was brought on in the win over Southampton.
“We’ll need his experience and know-how. We’re also mindful of just throwing him in there.
“Since Southampton, he’s trained another week and the more sessions he does the better.
“He’s there or thereabouts.”
This has been a frustrating season for Paul, who just can’t seem to get fit. He’s made only 4 appearances this entire campaign and was forced off with injuries during his two league starts. It’s been a lost year for the local defender who also missed the second half of last season with an Achilles injury.
While our league plight looks as precarious as ever, the good news is that the injured players are progressing well. We’ll not get any back for Old Trafford, but hopefully, Fernandez will be ready for Wolves, with Manquillo to follow in another few weeks.