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Bruce Confirms Fresh Injury Doubt But Adds That Defender Could Be Ready For Bench Role



Steve Bruce has given his press conference ahead of the Arsenal match on Sunday. There is a fresh injury concern regarding Matt Ritchie who has picked up a calf injury. However, he has not been ruled out just yet.

This is what Bruce said about Ritchie’s injury as published on Newcastle’s Twitter account:

“We’ve got a slight doubt about Matt Ritchie. He’s got a bit of a calf injury but we think he’s going to be OK [for Sunday]. Apart from that – everybody else has come through Liverpool alright.”

It appears that Ritchie should be ok for this weekend. However, if he isn’t, Jamal Lewis will be itching to get back into the team after not playing in the last seven matches.

Other than Ritchie there have been no new injuries or setbacks. With Fabian Schar playing a half for the U23s this week, he looks to be ready to return to the squad. Though he doesn’t appear to be a candidate to break into the starting eleven just yet.

Here is Bruce’s update on the Swiss defender:

“It was always part of his rehabilitation [to play for the U23s]. Fab wants to be involved straight away and he might make the squad but we have to be careful because he’s been out for nearly 11 weeks. He’s trained well and he’s there or thereabouts.”

If Fabian is available that will just leave Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Karl Darlow, and Ryan Fraser ruled out. According to Bruce, both Darlow (knee) and Fraser (groin) have undergone successful surgeries and may be back in just a couple of weeks. Joe Willock is also unavailable to play against his parent club.

Bruce has also given an update on Callum Wilson, who looked in fine form at Liverpool last weekend. The striker had been held back in training over the past few weeks. Therefore Bruce had kept him out of the starting lineup since his return from his hamstring injury.

Bruce now seems more inclined to get Wilson back into his starting eleven. That’s no surprise at all after watching Callum at Anfield. Here is what Bruce had to say about his star striker:

“I think he’s ready [to start]. We’ve waited patiently which was important. The more confident you get with a hamstring that you can get to full pace is important & the way he burst through against Liverpool was typical Callum. I think he’s ready.”

Newcastle have been ultra-cautious with Callum over the past few weeks and it’s ended up being the right decision. This Sunday seems like the right time to unleash both Saint-Maximin and Wilson from the start against the Gunners.

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85 comments so far

  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes it’s such a Newcastle thing to do, been playing well, Arsenal having a terrible spell, but will the battling NUFC team turn up, or so we think we’re fairly safe and then just take it easy, talk about being a frustrating team, come lads let’s get this team over the line, then the team can play without fear. Well that’s my hope

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d take a point, but I’m sure we’re capable of taking three, surely we’ve got nothing to fear,

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  • Wor B

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Missed the bus…

    I think Sunday’s game hinges a lot on how far up the pitch we can play the wing backs. If we’re hard pressed into 5-3-2 it’s gonna be tough going. I’d like us to continue with a more adventurous 3-5-2 and carry the game to them.

    Miggy seems subdued and constrained atm, now might be the right time to give a bit more freedom and give Arsenal something else to think about as well as StMax and cannon ball Wilson torturing them!

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s disgusted me watching that link. There needs to be more repercussions for such things. It’s not on and shouldn’t be still as bad as it is today.

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s always a nice day on the blog when mund behaves himself.

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    This is so true as I found out myself years ago with an incident with my daughter.

    If you have young kids please be more careful when they are online and the apps they use as the police will not do a thing. But the government keeps allowing these apps and such to be used in this country.

    Mark Douglas
    @MsiDouglas
    ·
    6m
    Social media needs to be reformed. Currently – and I found this out to my cost earlier this season – if you set up an anonymous account you can say anything at all online because the social media companies do not work with the police to identify the perpetrators.

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    If Andy carol gets 35k for a substitute apearance why would they fetch him on with a minute to go.
    It doesn’t make sense.

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Does anything make sense at our club JAF?

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think I buy into the 35k for an appearance thing with Carroll. If that were the case there is no way Bruce would be being allowed to put him on for 30 seconds at the end of games. Don’t you think Charnley or Ashley would have kicked off by now? It’s literally throwing 30k away each time as he never has time to make an impact anyway. I could understand if he starts games, plays 45 minutes or something, but 30 second or a few minute cameos, not a chance.

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    A favour to ask.
    Please don’t call them the big six.
    The sh&t six or anything else appropriate.

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  • coming home

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    With Carroll

    I believe he gets 35 grand for a subs appearance regardless if he gets on or not

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    repost …

    OLG …

    just caught up with the comments , glad to hear you got to see your grandkids after not seeing them for quite a while nice is’nt it , ive got mine coming over later got two birthdays today so granda’s wallets gonna take a hit tonight

    😀

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    If you read the article Mund posted it states journalist gives insider info on Carroll contract. Then if you actually read the tweet from the journo

    “The curious case of Andy Carroll… £35,000 bonus each time he makes a substitute appearance, reportedly.”

    Key word here REPORTEDLY journo speak for ‘I made it up’ ‘I heard it at the pub’ ‘I bet this will get me hits’

    Adam is right. No way in hell he is coming on as a time wasting sub for £35k

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  • coming home

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    His contract was all about fitness

    Which was reported at the time he gets something like 15k a week plus 50k if he starts and 35k if he is fit but only selected on the bench

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    35k for sitting on his arse cant be bad …

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Cominghome, that would make more sense to me

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  • coming home

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    The Tinman

    That’s what I believe I read when he signed

    As Adamn said would be crazy to give him 35k for 1 min

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    GT, it’s the life isn’t it! I honestly think the game would improve dramatically if you introduced a wage cap.

    Put the wage cap on a team overall rather than on the indivuals. That means you can still splash out on top quality players if you want.

    But what it would do is stop the rich clubs from having 25man squad full of quality players.

    Puts more emphasis on youth and evens the playing field in the league. Meaning football becomes about brains and tactics again rather than deep pockets

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Tinman

    So it’s safe to say nobody knows the truth? But we do know when he was signed he had a lot of incentives to his contract.

    Would you put it past the hierarchy to put such clauses in his contract? I wouldn’t

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m with the journalist just make it up as they go along, surely only AC his agent and the club know what’s in his contract, whatever it is, it’s money for nothing.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Adamn_92,
    When Ashley first arrived he saw Obafemi Martins shooting from anywhere he could and cancelled the goal bonus in players contracts.

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Coming Home, Tinman

    That makes more sense, if it’s a standard bonus for keeping fit enough to make the bench then I could understand that bit. The suggestion from some journalists and fans that everytime he comes on he gets 35k just doesn’t add up. Notoriously tight Ashley and co aren’t going to throw 35k down the drain for a 10 second Carroll cameo. Let alone allow Bruce to get away with doing it repeatedly. Reportedly is always a key word, means it’s as accurate as you and me talking about it now haha

    Wage caps would be a dream, realistically nobody needs to be earning more than 35k a week playing football. That’s still insane money for getting to play a sport you love for your living.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    TIN …

    yep your right there should be a wage cap but where do you start ?

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 30, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail

    That’s amazing if that’s true, not in a good way though! I miss Obafemi Martins, still never forget that rocket against Spurs. My dads a spurs fan which made it even sweeter!

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #28

    About Carrol,
    That was pretty much what was reported at the time he signed, although no specific figures. Bruce brings him on with a minute to go to keep him on his side as he wants to try to keep dressing room.

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I didn’t know Saka’s dad was a big Newcastle fan. He loved Alan Shearer. Maybe see Saka down our left one day? 😆

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Last article about Longstaff saying how he got back in the team, the quote should have been “I just waited months and months while Hendrick put in one 0/10 performance after another, to no avail, but then one day he actually did something, he got sent off, so as well as doing absolutely nothing he cost us the points, and hey presto, I was back in the team.’

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Mund everyone loved Shearer!

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #33

    TIN …

    the top players are on 200grand a week plus bonuses they certainly need to put a cap on player salary’s …

    2
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Tinman, apart from Rio 😉

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #35

    I wish when links were posted that there was some kind of introduction to it / explanation of what the point in sharing it / your opinion on it.

    A lot of blogs ban users from posting a link with no text.

    I’m sure there’s lots of them id love to click on and start a discussion on, but I just can’t be bothered to play link roulette so most of the time don’t bother clicking on them at all.

    It’s just good blog etiquette imo

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #36

    The figures are eye watering. I guess you would just have to start it at £200k then slowly crank it down over time.

    Rugby did it, just follow their example

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #37

    As somebody earlier said, it’s all about how Bruce lines up the wingbacks/ wingers/ fullbacks. Both times we switched to adventurous formations they started high up pressing, gradually moving further back with each passing game until they were essentially centrebacks playing out wide. After each tactical change we gradually get a bit more defensive each game until we reach Bruceball. If 10 is attacking, and 0 is defensive, we were 7 vs Spurs, 5 vs Burnley, 4 vs West Ham, 3 vs Liverpool. The same pattern happened after Jones arrival, until we arrived at WBA and Brighton and attacking intent was about as low as you can go. I suspect Jones changes things ultra attacking, and Bruce slowly chips away at it in whatever way he still has influence.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #38

    from the chronicle …

    Takeover timeframe
    Takeover sources expect the arbitration battle to start this summer but whether new owners are in place by the start of pre-season is unclear.

    Whether fans will know either way by the time the 2021/22 season kicks off is also unclear.
    Until things start unfolding, and we get a full understanding of the Premier League’s stance and whether they will either fight it or lay down roadblocks to slow the legal process down, the frustration continues.

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Shining example from GT.

    I was shocked when I read that article the other day. All indications were that arbitration had started. I’m not sure what the chronicle means by this

    1
  • John Tudor

    Apr 30, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s off then
    Stay away

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