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Bruce Reveals Sunday May Be Too Soon For Star Man



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.”

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75 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #41

    Mund……. Totally agree. Perhaps a campaign to reinstate Jib might be in order. Here goes I’ ll kick it off :-

    NUFC Blog Management……… Please can we have wor Jib back.

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  • geordie157

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #42

    A draw seems the best we can hope for.

    Hayden will be a huge loss. Hopefully Son isn’t back for Spurs

    If players aren’t fit don’t start them.

    Think I’d go

    Darlow
    Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett
    M. Longstaff, Willock
    Murphy, Almiron, Fraser
    Carroll

    Carroll for 60 mins then Gayle on or Wilson if he’s fit enough. Carroll will give his all, can hold the ball up to get us up the pitch and all of those midfielders can get forward and support.

    Fingers crossed Kane doesn’t injury any one this time too!!

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #43

    magic …

    sorry mate im fasting today …

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  • magscar

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #44

    Bob

    you never know buying and reading The Guardian might bring a little light into your life this Easter and be your resurrection…….and 3 points would be great

    🙂

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  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #45

    Betty tbf I’m trying to keep a low profile lol maybe that ain’t the way forward 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #46

    Mund,
    He had one, he’d already been banned for life previously as Jeff from Benwell.

    9
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #47

    Bettys

    Rather harsh? There were some disgusting and nasty stuff posted over a long time.

    If some if those things had been uttered in the Colonial Club, I suspect the orator wouldn’t have been seen anywhere for some time.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #48

    give JIB a chance …

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #50

    waiting for the fall out 😀

    1
  • magscar

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #51

    On Jib I thought The Wife had said something on lnes of he’d brought it on himself – meaning under Blog rules they had had no alternative rather than he’d unilaterally decided to go.

    Clearly he annoyed several and did cross the line but was a part of the Blog – but if you cross line too far or too often then with the Google Ad filter hovering in bakground then i suppose his departure was inevitable

    3
  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #52

    HIBBIT …

    storm he doesnt know whats hit him yet wait till the fans are let back in the ground …

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #53

    Bettys

    Stop stirring the pot!

    Birds of a feather come to mind?

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #54

    anyway im gonna go back to talking about bread its much safer 😀

    1
  • Wor B

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #55

    Bettyswallocks

    I don’t recall Jib being in any major scrap with anyone or saying anything contentious prior to his disappearance.

    Reading between the lines it may have been something said in an exchange with admin via email that got him the final ban?

    If so it’s unlikely he’ll be allowed back.

    2
  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #56

    All I know is Jib never wronged me. We had spats but nothing to hold a grudge over. Whatever Jib says or does with anyone else is none of my business and I think we can’t judge anyone on there actions with another person with matters like this IMO

    5
  • magscar

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #57

    Visitors here!

    and there could be some messy debate to come so catch up later

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #58

    magscar,
    Nobody knows what happened, he hadn’t seemed to say anything out of the ordinary but had been on the naughty step a few times leading up to it, personally I think it’s been an off blog exchange that’s done it.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #59

    Lesh…….. I know you were on the receiving end of some of Jib’s profanities but you were on his case and goading him a fair bit. I mean look at some of the ridiculous political comments you post on here and you’re always forgiven and given the chance to adopt a more balanced position.

    Everyone deserves a chance to repent and be forgiven as the world revolves on such a principal. My personal view is that he’s served his time now and maybe should be let out on parole.

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #60

    Geordietom

    With respect, like a few others, you’re a relative newcomer to The Blog and don’t know the half that’s led to the ban.

    As said, if some of the things said have been directed at you, your wife and family, I don’t think you’d be as sympathetic.

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  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #61

    Well said that Betty

    2
  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #62

    lesh …

    its not up to me or anyone else on this blog if he comes back on the blog , but no ive never had a run in with him .

    i do know you have ‘HISTORY WITH HIM ‘ …

    Lets face it he aint coming back no matter what anyone says on here …

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #63

    All I can say in Jib’s defence is he took a lot more stick than he dished out . Well deserved or not it’s a fact.

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #64

    Bettys

    I’m soo relieved that I’m deemed worthy of forgiveness. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    2
  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #65

    A newcomer nearly 4 years , by god its been a long 4 years 😀

    2
  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #66

    Howay lads the blogs been canny peaceful divint spoil it , can we talk about BREAD /BUNS instead 😀

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #67

    Geordietom

    Look back over the years and you’ll see that I ain’t the only one who’ve had ‘history with him’ as either of the names he’s posted under – and been banned.

    As you say, it’s a management decision and only they know the reasons behind their decisions.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #68

    lesh …

    i think the best thing to do is forget , about him and move on …

    to THE WIFE /NEIL / ED , is there anyway you can stop his name coming thru on peoples post , even the name he’s using on twitter , thanks in advance …

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #69

    geordietom

    Four years must seem like a lifetime.

    Have a bit sympathy for those of us have been around since 2008/9 and been through the lows and occasional highs of Newcastle United.

    Even Bettys’s behaved himself over those years.

    😉

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #70

    In life, it’s noticable that many who support miscreants do so because they relate to them, have things in common such as being picked on, being victims.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #71

    miscreant me dont be daft man . picked on not really i dont suffer fools is all .

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #72

    lows and highs of Newcastle United , been there done that went to my first match when i was five years old … 62 years ago ,so yea ive seen some shit at wor club …

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #73

    Hey Lesh, when you swam in the North Sea, did you wear those awful woollen trunks that got so heavy when wet, they ended up around you ankles? My those were the days. The water was so cold, I’d dive in a young lad and come out a girl 😉

    It was an old fashioned method of gender adjustment 🙂

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 2, 2021 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #74

    Well it’s obvious that Bruce didn’t have any input into Gayle getting a new contract, judging by his comments “good for him” !

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 2, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #75

    Tom @ 72
    I’m a bit older and, like you seen the highs and lows! Not many highs like!

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