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.