Steve Bruce has given his press conference for Sunday’s match against Tottenham. Despite recent speculation, it looks as though this weekend could be too soon for Callum Wilson. However, Bruce has revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin could play a part and is a bit farther along than Wilson.
Here is Bruce’s update on the duo per Newcastle’s Twitter account:
“The break has allowed us to get some players close to match fitness. It’s fair to say Saint-Maximin is a bit more advanced than Callum Wilson is.
“He could be involved. We still have today and tomorrow to train but he came through a big session 48 hours ago. We hope he can play some part. I wouldn’t have thought Callum will be available.”
With both players having muscle injuries, Bruce must tread lightly. The last thing we need is for either of them to come back too quickly and then be lost for the rest of the season.
It looking more likely that Wilson returns next Sunday at Burnley with Saint-Maximin possibly getting a place on the bench this weekend. Bruce really cannot risk either if they aren’t fully ready to get back out on the pitch.
Bruce was also asked about Martin Dubravka, who missed the last two matches of the international break for Slovakia with an illness. Dubravka is expected to return to training today so should be available for Sunday’s match.
Here is Bruce’s update on the 32-year-old:
“Martin hasn’t been very well but we expect him to be OK. We expect him in for training today and we’ll have a chat with him to see how he feels but we think he’ll be OK.”
With Wilson and Saint-Maximin still doubtful, Ryan Fraser’s blazing form for Scotland over the past week could provide a spark for Newcastle. Ryan scored two in two in World Cup Qualifying and can hopefully carry that form into the match against Spurs.
Bruce was asked about Fraser’s goals during the break and this was his response:
“Good for him. It’s been a constant fight to get him up to speed here so I’m delighted for him to get a couple of goals for Scotland. It can only give him a bit of confidence.”