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Bruce Reveals Star Man To Return For Burnley But Expresses Concern About Key Duo

Steve Bruce has given his press conference for Sunday’s match at Burnley. He provided the outstanding news that Callum Wilson will be available after coming through training this week.

Last week was too soon for Callum but after a full week of training, it looks like our star striker will make his return from his hamstring injury after missing 7 matches, none of which were wins.

Here is what Bruce said about Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin, who made a late cameo last weekend, per Newcastle’s Twitter account:

“Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have trained all week and that’s good news for us. They’re available.

“Callum’s trained well, he looks well, he’s confident in himself so let’s hope he stays well.”

However, this is Newcastle, so it’s not all positive on the injury front. Bruce revealed that Jamaal Lascelles picked up a foot injury in our draw against Spurs. It appears very ominous for the captain as he may have a stress fracture.

This is Bruce’s revelation on Jamaal’s injury:

“The disappointing thing is we’ve lost Jamaal Lascelles with a foot injury which happened last week against Spurs.

“It’s not looking so good at the moment. He’s going to have more scans over the weekend but we think it may be a stress fracture.”

Lascelles missed a couple of matches in February with a slight injury. He also struggled with the after-effects of Covid during the holiday fixtures missing 8 matches from late November to early January. It could be that he now joins Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar with long-term injuries.

However, the silver lining is that Federico Fernandez’s calf injury wasn’t too serious. The Argentine wasn’t in the squad last Sunday after returning for the previous three from his hamstring injury. All tolled, Fede hasn’t played in the last 13 matches after suffering a hamstring injury in January.

Bruce said the following about Fernandez and Ciaran Clark, who didn’t play against Spurs but was on the bench. Clark had started the previous six matches.

“Both Federico Fernández and Ciaran Clark are OK. Fede hasn’t played for a long time but he’s trained all week which is good news.”

While the loss of Lascelles is troubling, it appears that Bruce has enough cover at center-back, even if he keeps with the 5-3-2 formation used against Spurs. Paul Dummett and Emil Krafth both played last weekend so Bruce has four to choose from.

Finally, two other Magpies who picked up slight knocks and weren’t available last weekend are Andy Carroll and Ryan Fraser. Carroll will undergo a late fitness test with his calf injury. He’s expected to return to training while Ryan Fraser has been ruled out with his groin injury.

Bruce expressed some worry in regards to Fraser, who was outstanding for Scotland during the break. This is what Bruce said about the attacking duo:

“Andy Carroll has got a chance but Ryan Fraser’s groin injury hasn’t improved which is a bit of a worry.

“Andy has a big training session today but he’s missed the last two and a half weeks. We’ll see how he is today.”

It’s disappointing that both Lascelles and Fraser could be unavailable for at least the next few weeks. However, that is offset by the looming return of Callum Wilson, who is so crucial to our survival chances.

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36 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Timing is everything.
    Nothing like giving the likes of Fulham a little lift thinking that we’ll be without Lascalles.
    Could have waited a few days before revealing that?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2


    Think you touched a nerve or a guilty conscience..

  • geordie157

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Well there goes my suggestion that Fernandez comes in for Kraft and Wilson in for Gayle.

    Think sick with same formation though with Fernandez, Clark and Dummett as the 3 cbs.

    Saint-Maximin off the bench for last 30.

    I’m glad Fraser was only signed on a free, plays great for Scotland, only shows glimpses for us. Always fit for Scotland, probably never been 100% fit for us all season. Bruce possibly to blame but I’m glad we didn’t she’ll out 15 to 20 mill for him!!

    Burnley games are always hard to watch, aside from McNeil who surely won’t be there next season they play worse football than us but they know their roles and have a settled side who tend to punch above their weight. Tarkowski is a dirty player but I like Wood, who’d be a useful squad player to replace Carroll if we stay up.

    I’m hopeful we stay up and also Fulham (nice for away games) and Brighton (play nice football) stay up and we finally get rid of Burnley.

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4


    last thread

    reired 10 years now and yep feeling good now as we come slowly out of a year of shielding.

    2cnd jab will give wor lass in particular a bit more confidence to get out into wider world i hope as her general health allows.

    It’s strange when you have been virtually house bound getting back into being amongst people other than family

    Just want to get the relegation worry over soonest after a difficult year so I can prepare mentally for next seasons one 🙁

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5


    Never a fan of Wood ( or Barnes) even back in his Leeds days but he is an honest player and effective ( at both ends ) for Burnley style of play as are the CB’s

    At time Burnley bought him i thought £15M (?) was a bit much and he would never have fit in Rafa’s plans anyway but maybe he does enough to keep them up .

    Big centre forwards used to be popular back in the day but a rarity now and pace, mobility and accuracy rule

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    oh meant to add that Wood on a free ( must be close to end of contract?) would represent better value than Carroll but would prefer bettter but that maybe the market we are in

  • Adamn_92

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Burnley are always up for a physical battle, if we start the game matching that desire and fight we saw last week then we won’t get bullied by them so easily. The pace in the squad should be able to cause their defence some issues so really need to get at them. We’ll need our best aerial defenders for this one so Clark and Dummet in the center will be good as they both attack the ball well in the air.

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Good as we were against Spurs we can’t afford to be as sloppy in defence and also should not invite problems by giving silly free kicks away around box

    Great that we came back after the 2-3 minute hammer blow from Kane and showed unexpected resilience but we can’t go gifting leads to Burnley

  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    So, if things don’t go to plan this weekend – Fulham win and we lose – we drop into the relegation bin.

    Will Bruce get sacked with just 7 games left in the season?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    As Burnley will probably be really going with the physical stuff it may be a good idea to start both AC and Joel, as he now seems to be putting himself about in that vein. AC is pretty good defending as well so he would be a double asset in a bruising encounter.

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Well if Bruce is such a big fan, he should take the big fat was of money out of his back pocket, and put some money back, that he’s stealing a living off.

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Mund! I like upbeat, don’t respond.

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    But divent go overboard 😀

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    OMG prince philip died

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    RIP Duke of Edinburgh

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Wonder how money could’ve been raised if they said it was to pay off Bruce and Charney and replace them with better?

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #17


  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Well that’s the end of an era.

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    What the hells happened to Fraser? He’s hardly played.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #20

    I wonder if the Queen will abdicate soon-ish?

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Phil, was a one off far from PC and didn’t care. He was definitely looking his age. I used to live the Monarchy even though I’m a socialist, but now it’s like a soap opera.( Well it is on Netflix) which is a shame.

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Good riddance. Cannot stand any of them.

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Ron, i don’t think so, I may be wrong, but she’s of the old guard, you know never give up. Can’t see Charles getting the crown for awhile yet.

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Well we have to remember he served during the war for this country.

  • Adamn_92

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Wonder if toon22 thinks this is a PR move to distract from the NUST pledge.

  • carltoon

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Well I think they’ve served the country well, not sure about the younger ones.

  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #27

    RiP Prince Phillip

    A good man who did a lot for our nation.

    Crap driver though.

  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28



    Prince Phillip

    Hiya KBA

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    I’ve always liked you and your craic but that is an absolutely disgusting thing to say, footin shameful, I’m seriously disappointed that came from you.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #30

    He must have been a lot more ill than they were letting on, no doubt he was a real character and had to put up with a lot of shite in his early days due to his background but he overcame all of that and was a rock for the royals.

    RIP Prince Phillip, love him or not he will be missed by his family and this country.

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31

    JFA, sorry to offend you buddy. I cannot stand the royal family and what they stand for. I’m sorry if I upset anyone else.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Right off for my 2nd Oxford jab, later!

  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33


    Keep your guard up and try to jab back every now and then, then hit them with the uppercut.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #34

    What people think of the Royal family is a discussion away from here, they haven’t done any harm to us so imo really shouldn’t speak like that about someone’s death, it’s not Mike Ashley or Margaret Thatcher is it.

  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Why does Brucetboy, our own tactical genius, insist on telling the opposition who’s fit and who’s not?

    The man’s an oaf.

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #36

    i think some anti monachists react to the affection and sorrow which always follows sad news as Novo does.

    I can’t bring myself to celebrate death but am not taken in by the mass of propaganda in this country about any of them

    I have a family though and don’t need a surrogate

    Sorry for their loss like I would be anyone its good manners – mind my Thatcher commiseration was close call


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