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Bruce Confirms Striker Sidelined Indefinitely As Midfielder Is Available For Selection

Steve Bruce has given his press conference for tomorrow’s match against Manchester United. He started with an injury update and has confirmed that both Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser will miss Saturday’s match through injury.

Here is Bruce’s concerning update on Callum Wilson’s thigh strain per the club’s Twitter account:

“Callum Wilson won’t make the weekend unfortunately with his thigh injury. We’re not going to put a timescale on it.

“It’s really frustrating for Callum and for us. We’ve just got to give it as long as it needs.”

This doesn’t sound promising as Bruce can’t provide any clue on a return date. Hopefully, it won’t be more than a couple of weeks but this was the fear when Newcastle refused to add a forward or strengthen in any other area over the summer.

Bruce will likely go with a front two of Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton. This could be a devastating blow if Wilson is sidelined for more than a couple of weeks. Hopefully, it doesn’t linger like Matty Longstaff’s thigh problem from last season that kept him out for a couple of months.

The news on Ryan Fraser is much more promising. Ryan has suffered a twisted ankle which could only force him to miss this weekend. Here is Bruce’s update on Fraser’s injury:

“Ryan won’t make it for the weekend. He’s twisted his ankle but it doesn’t look as bad as the pictures of him on crutches would suggest – it’s only precautionary.”

It looked to be very bad for the 27-year-old when the photograph emerged on Monday of him on crutches and in a walking boot. Thankfully, it’s not as serious and he could be back as early as next Friday’s match against Leeds.

Bruce has received a bit of a boost with Miguel Almiron. He is available for tomorrow’s match despite reports that he faced a ban. Thankfully, it looks as if that has not happened.

Here is Bruce’s response when asked about the Paraguayan midfielder:

“It’s a difficult one for the players because the ultimate is to play for your country. They’ve been drawn into a difficult situation.

“However, a bit of common sense has prevailed and he’s available for selection so we’re extremely pleased.”

The head coach has also confirmed that Karl Darlow is in contention for a place tomorrow. Bruce has a decision to make in goal between Darlow and Freddie Woodman. Here is what he said about Darlow’s return to fitness:

“He’s trained the last ten days and there’s been a big improvement from him which we’re all delighted about.

“He’s put himself in contention but we’ll make that decision in the next 24 hours. We’re pleased he’s back training and looks a bit more like himself.”

It would be very harsh on Woodman to drop him as he’s received little protection from his defense. However, Bruce has to make the decision that he feels gives Newcastle the best chance of picking up a result.

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33 comments so far

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 10, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we’ll lose 7-0 tomorrow.

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    “Frustrating but that was the stance of the club, I knew what it was, I think the statement has made it pretty obvious what it is, I have to accept it and move on.”

  • onmeedsun

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Wilson being injured early in the season is good as Bruce now has to show us that his back up plan was sufficient, and that another striker was not needed. Unlike Joelinton, Wilson is injured often and so the club can’t claim that this was an unlikely scenario. Let’s see how tactically nimble and astute our great leader is. And I don’t want to hear any excuses post match. Any manager making excuses is just covering up his own inadequacies. Doesn’t mean we have to win but it does mean I expect a decent performance.

  • DrGloom

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    So Bruce was well aware of the policy and was hoping to trade Schar etc even though they were made available late in the window. It’s clear the statement was aimed at the fans rather than having a dig at Bruce who , (knowing the fans and local press wouldn’t be happy at the lack of incomings ) simply went on holiday

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t really have any sympathy for Bruce, it’s not like he wasn’t warned what to expect. He had Shearer tell him for starters, then he could have looked at what has happened with previous managers under Ashley or seeing as he’s a fan (apparently) he should have known what fans make of the way the club is run. He would have been made aware that this type of thing would happen at some point.

  • hibbit

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    it’s now open season on Bruce as far as i’m concerned he’s totally bottled it the coward,

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Him saying they couldn’t get a loan in because they couldn’t shift any players to make space doesn’t add up either. We got rid of the likes of Atsu, Carroll, Muto, Lejeune, Saivet…. that’s a lot of wages free’d up. He’s just named 4 goalkeepers in the squad, drop a goalkeeper and there’s a space right there with plenty of wages to cover it.

  • lesh

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’s assume you’re a player listening to this:
    Bruce said: “It is always going to be tough, but the added spice is Ronaldo coming back.

    “But make no mistake they [ManU] have quality players all over the pitch.

    “So whenever you go to Old Trafford the one thing you are going to have to do is enjoy it and enjoy the challenge of playing against one of the big teams in this country.

    “And relish the opportunity to see if we can spoil the party a bit.”

    Truly inspirational!

    The man’s hopeless.

  • lesh

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9


    In my view, this malarkey about being unable to recruit because he couldn’t trade boils down to one thing – headcount.

    I’d guess that Ashley’s vision of existing sustainably implies a first team squad of 25 (no first team players doing nowt, outside of that squad), minimum under 23 squad etc – minimum costs!

  • DrGloom

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    the inspirational Bruce team talk – go out and enjoy playing a big club lads, lets see if we can spoil the party A BIT … not too much mind you – Bruce has defeat nailed on already so no hope of him geeing up the team to get

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11


    “So Newcastle has been voted the best place in the UK”

    But don’t mention the football.

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    If Darlow is now back training and potentially even in contention for tomorrow, it makes even less sense naming 4 goalkeepers. I just don’t understand that decision at all. Just bring a young goalkeeper from the under 23’s/under 18’s if we really hit an emergency and they don’t have to be registered. Feel like claiming he had to name 4 goalkeepers, as well as saying there’s no space just go hand in hand as a poor excuse for not bringing anyone else in. It’s not good enough.

  • lesh

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Ron Knee

    And you’ve probably read that Manchester was voted third best city in the world!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Well it’s wages. Needed two out to get two in, and no one wanted any of ours that we’d be happy to move out. But for the club to be so inflexible, at a time where they really needed to back the manager with fans back in the ground, really puts him in a position where he now just looks like very much part of the problem, particularly with comments like “it is what it is, end of, what can I do about it?” He could of course show some solidarity with the fans, and quit, because what it is, is just not good enough, by some measure.


    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he has been told to name all four goalkeepers in the squad because in a few weeks time one of them will be playing as a striker.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16


    Manquillo Schar Fernandez Lewis

    Fraser Willock Saint Maximin

    Joelinton Almiron


    That would be my team for tomorrow.


    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t know why Bruce is so surprised we couldn’t sell any players, he’s Bruced the lot of them. Says it all when the only transfer fee we got was for a player who had been on loan at another club all season. Tell you nan if we get new owners they’ll either have to give this lot away for free or pay off all their contracts.


    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Now not nan.

  • TheTinman

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Wilson out = an absolute pummelling loading.

    We have no threat without him.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #20

    If Bruce had been one of the kids in Wonkas Chocolate factory which kid would he have been?

    Irrespective of the outcome at Old Trapdoor I hope the away fans have some new singing ammunition to pelt the EPL, Masters and the dodgies running Man U with.

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    White flag team selection:


    Should have the ability to stifle.
    Could even put Schar at RB and play the Captain.
    Keep Maximin and Almiron fresh for the next match.

  • mactoon

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Losing Wilson won’t matter because Bruce won’t have any plans to venture into Man U’s half anyway.

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Bruce said: “My job is to always try and improve the squad and never be satisfied. Never.“

    I wonder if he ever reflects on these words when he is taking training?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #24

    That man absolutely sickens me to the core. He doesn’t care a jot about the club. Smiling away knowing we’re in for a right royal humping. He cannot contain his glee as he talks about us like a League 2 outfit in the 3rd round of the FA cup having an away day to Old Trafford.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Kets that’s very pessimistic of you .

    I’m going 6-0 🙂

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #26

    It may very well have not been reported but Bruce could have just said that all the attention is on them, we have to put in a good performance and see what happens on the day. Instead, with his obvious infatuation, he repeats the usual repertoire of them being a big club with the added embellishment of them having a ‘party’ against us. Has he already told the lads to just lie down.

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Having said that, lying down would be the biggest statement against the ‘big 6’ any club could make.

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Give them the kick off, take the knee and then lie dow in the penalty area, forming the letters ‘PL’.

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #29

    The radio phone in when fans could ask Bruce questions, he was asked why he bigs up the opposition and plays down our players and club. He said that’s never his intention and he’d take that on board and make sure not to do it. Glad to see he really took that on board by yet again bigging up the opposition and making it sound like we should be in awe at being able to play at the mighty Manure stadium against such top players.

  • Zorro

    Sep 10, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #30

    And I’m going 5-0 but hoping it’s 9-0
    He will still be on m o t d kissing Ole ,s arse

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 10, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #31

    If his memory is so short then gawd forbid he’s seen laughing and joking with OGS at the end of the ordeal.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 10, 2021 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #32

    We always get walloped by Man U. Even if we’re winning 4-0 with 5 minutes to go, we’ll still lose 5-4.

  • magicbus

    Sep 10, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Lambs to the ………… springs to mind


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