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Bruce Confirms No Fresh Injury Concerns With One Back In Training And Another Responding Well



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.

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33 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    missed the bus…

    We’ve stooped so low that we now have a manager basically saying ‘Don’t worry about relegation, there’s at least another team worse than us who will take the last spot so it’s all good’.

    How inspiring.

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  • toon22

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Every time cabbage heed opens his pie hole it’s to knock our club
    Looking over our shoulder ?

    He’s a freak if he thinks that’s going to go down well with anyone

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    The irony of us having Ashley as owner fo 14 years and a buyer who wants to properly invest in the club and the area is denied by the EPL management!
    You couldn’t make this up and to add to it we are now faced with relegation!
    Unbelievable!

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Not only is Bruce a lousy coach but apparently he’s as thick as mince as well!

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Why is it impossible for him to ever be positive man. How hard is it, just say something like:

    ‘The club isn’t in a position where i should be and none of us are happy about it. We can’t look at how other clubs around us are doing, we need to focus on how we play which isn’t good enough right now. So we’re going to be doing extra training shifts and put things right from now until the end of the season. The squad is plenty good enough that I know they can step it up a gear or two more than what we’re currently seeing. I believe in them and I know with hard training and fight, we will finish the season strongly and in a comfortable position’

    I’m not a great speaker or manager and maybe i’m totting my own horn, but that sounds far better and more inspiring that the crap he spouts. Sorry rant over.

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    *it should be

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    *tooting

    Jesus the typos when i make when i’m annoyed haha

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    i give up

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Good job Bruce wasn’t in charge during ww2.

    The Germans are invading, “don’t worry, we’ll see what happens at the end of the war”

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  • Mund

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    I always find it amusing where people just seem to get the job and could in there eyes do better.

    Just like pundits it’s easy to sit there and criticise constantly with words but actions in life is what matters most, words can float off like farts in the wind but actions are permanent.

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning all, i hope we are all in fine fettle.

    So Caulkin reckons the consortium are still wanting to buy the club if we go down, can`t see a problem with that at all, oh wait, yeah, forgot about Jabba.
    The only way Ashley will drop his price is if he is guaranteed the parachute payment after relegation, that seems a possibility .
    Does anyone think he will sell for any significant amount less than what he wants.
    A poster mentioned Staveley`s court case is due a verdict, if she wins her 800M i wonder if she will be tempted to buy us outright with the PIF and the Reuben`s cutting in later. Hmmm, nah it was just a thought.

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Bruce strikes me as someone who would just throw stuff into a trolly all willy nilly when shopping, then hope the milk he needed to get is in there when he gets to the till.

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  • Reilly

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Scott Parker: “I feel every game we play, we can win, I honestly do.”

    Steve Bruce: “It’s your accumulation of points and your fixture list, when you play teams, can sometimes help.”

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Magic, he’s a willing seller.

    Sadly the last buyers turned out to be seriously rubbish. Good luck to Derby with them

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  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Nice to see GeordieTom back on the blog, 2nd joke was a cracker.
    Wor B from late last night Mavis Wilton was a character on Coronation Street, used to run the corner shop with Rita.
    I always think Mark Lawrenson is a male version of her.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    My mum told me to tell you all that she still hates Sunderland! Unreal at 93 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Carson tks again for your link last night

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  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    I always think Bruce has sank his whole hip flask before he does a press conference, just sounds incoherent and stupid, also his eyes are glazed unless he’s daydreaming about the bacon.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    No worries Munster, my pleasure.

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  • Mund

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    “Where’s the Bacon? Did you say?”

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  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Ha, that’s the one Mund. Least you get a laugh out of the bloke I suppose.

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    After all the pontificating, rumours and hearsay about getting new owners at our club, it`s the ones down the road which have ended up with Billionaire owners. Just how much of that money will be spent there is another question but their fans must be on cloud nine atm.
    We have forgotten what it is like to have a real feel good factor at the club and instead it is all doom and gloom apart from the odd win here or there.
    What we would give to have a little bit of what they have got right now, i know it`s Sunderland, but i don`t hate them like some do on here, some of my pals are ST holders, they are good lads, just like the posters on here.
    The north east has had it`s fair share of shit thrown at it, more in fact, so i say good look to them.
    Maybe soon we will have 2 north east clubs ripping up the PL and leaving the so called big six with egg on their faces, shoving a middle finger up where the sun don`t shine.
    For that to happen we desperately need Amanda running the show , even more so now with what`s happened down the road.

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  • Mund

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Carson

    Aye at least there is that mate. But you can’t say Bruce made you laugh on the blog 😉 it’s not allowed…

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Sky Sports interview with Bruce in March

    Sky Sports “Steve, any thoughts on how Fulham are now 8 points above you in the table?”

    Bruce: “Unfortunately we have had one or two injuries, and Covid. That’s the Premier League for you. Let’s see where we are in May”

    Sky Sports “Are you not worried about being relegated?”

    Bruce “Not at all no. The owner has assured me my job is safe, so I looking forward to the challenge of the championship. It is a league I know well.”

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  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Yeah certainly feels that way Mund.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Munster Mag

    With due respect Munster time will tell if Ashley is a willing seller or not, words and bullshit mean nothing to me, i want to see action from Ashley, we have all had enough of his lies, deception, disrespect, and been treated like a door mat, i dont need you to tell me Ashley is a willing seller, or not mate, iam more than capable of reaching that decision on my own, like ive said in my posts this morning the next few months will tell us all how serious Ashley is about selling our club. PS. Did your Mum have her vaccine yet?

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  • Not another deJong

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Whos’ form is better?

    Fulham 1 win in last 14 PL matches
    NUFC 3 wins in last 14 PL matches
    Fulham 12 points in last 14 PL matches
    NUFC 11 points in last 14 PL matches

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  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #28

    I would love it if the whole of the Northeast was doing well both on the football pitch and economically. 3 or 4 derbies a season would be mad. How’s Allotment Celtic doing these days, thought South Shields looked nailed on for winning their league last season till Covid now they’re struggling, Hartlepool look like they might come back up.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Geordie Tom

    I can see your in great form this morning Tom with the jokes, or as we would say over the pond thats a cracker he he he he

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #30

    @Not another deJong – That was before Wilson was injured. We have lost our only consistent goalscorer. And our second best goalscorer (Miggy) is leaving in March for international tournament.

    Fulham will pull ahead of us.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #31

    In a situation like this, you can rarely rely on the players. Confidence is a big thing in football, and that comes from who leads them.

    Scott Parker was reprimanded by the officials against Burnley for being too vocal.

    In our game, Bruce stood with his hands in his pockets for 90 mins and didn’t speak to any of the players during the game.

    In a fight for survival, no team in the country would choose Bruce to inspire.

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  • Not another deJong

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Brighton 3 wins (16 points) in last 14 PL matches
    Burnley 6 wins (20 points)…….
    C.Palace 4 wins (16 points)……
    Southampton 3 wins (12 points)…….

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  • jon.c

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    What a great coach Brucee is he took Sunderland down now he is on the bring to take Newcastle down What a great N E double

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