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Bruce Once Again Finds Himself With An Injury Crisis To Navigate



Steve Bruce has a potential injury crisis on his hands once again. It’s nothing new as muscle injuries have been a constant since the 60-year-old was appointed just over 2 years ago.

The biggest worry is with striker Callum Wilson, who according to various reports could be out anywhere from another week to the end of October. Newcastle could find it difficult to absorb his loss if it ends up being the latter.

Newcastle have the following six fixtures through the end of October:

17 Sept – Leeds (Home)
25 Sept – Watford (Away)
2 Oct – Wolves (Away)
17 Oct – Tottenham (Home)
23 Oct – Crystal Palace (Away)
30 Oct – Chelsea (Home)

The probable scenario for Wilson’s return is the Tottenham match after the second international break. Wilson is so important to this team that Bruce may err on the side of caution. So waiting until after the two-week international break seems to make sense.

That would still mean Wilson misses three critical matches against teams in and around us at the moment. Watford and Wolves have just three points while Leeds are on two heading into Friday’s match.

Martin Dubravka and Jonjo Shelvey are the other two long-term injuries. Dubravka is out until November while Shelvey should be getting close to a return to training. The other unknown is Paul Dummett who has just struggled with fitness over the past few seasons.

The defender was close to a return against Southampton a few weeks ago but reaggravated his calf injury. Hopefully, Dummett is close to being available as he provides another option at the back.

Bruce currently has three 18-year-olds training with the senior squad. Dylan Stephenson was called up this week while Joe White made the bench at Old Trafford. Elliot Anderson is working his way back after missing the entirety of pre-season with a chronic hip problem.

Anderson got a 60 minute run out with the U23s on Monday. A match which both Stephenson and White also started. The lads lost 2-0 at West Brom but getting Anderson some minutes on the pitch is at least one positive to take away.

Bruce is unlikely to rely on any of the youngsters at this stage. Though Anderson could provide an option upfront. However, Bruce went with experience during difficult times last season and probably will do the same barring more injuries in attack.

We’re also waiting on news on Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark, and Joe Willock. The three suffered knocks over the weekend forcing their early exits. Hopefully, the news on them is better than what we’ve heard on Callum Wilson.

Bruce also confirmed last week that Ryan Fraser’s ankle injury wasn’t serious. The winger was again injured on international duty but it was later revealed to be just a twisted ankle. We’ll hopefully hear positive news on him and some others during Bruce’s press conference later this week.

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159 comments so far

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Put Bruce on gardening leave, let him play on his tractor, win win.

    10
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Put Bruce on a slow boat to China to ask for a long stand, glass hammer and tartan paint. He’d come back with Hendricks.

    5
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Uncertain is a cool dude…

    Absolute zero, technically known as zero kelvins, equals ?273.15 degrees Celsius, or -459.67 Fahrenheit.

    😆

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #4

    ch,
    That’s not true. UT/W ran out of Carling once and I was very worried about him 😕

    4
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Only good things Bruce is for trick or treating and scarecrow festival.

    3
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Speaking of lager didn’t think much of that 18pk Stella so I’ll be trying some of that Morretti this weekend, 3 for £5 in Tesco.

    4
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Aye you often see him perched by trees up weardale way.

    3
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail

    Fair enough I’ll yield to that

    0
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #9

    3 18 packs for a fiver …. should’ve got them first time out lol.

    2
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve heard on the grapevine Kets is struggling to put a team out for Friday

    3
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    That’s a club card deal only, apologies if I got anyone’s hopes up who isn’t a regular Tesco customer.

    4
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d prefer if Kets picked the team fir Friday

    1
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Did shaquira injury himself belly dancing.

    1
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Tesco’s are very unfair to sainsbury shoppers

    3
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #15

    OP

    I tend to agreed

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Has to be a proper 343 at home v Leeds, none of this 541 shit, with I’d hope Dummett in on the left of Lascelles or Fede, for his extra pace and committed defending and maybe Schar on the right, for his distribution. Willock and Sean in tandem in front of the back 3, and Almiron, St Max and Joel up top, with lots of interchanging and movement among the 3 of them. Forget about Gayle, who’s just not a starter at all in a game of this consequence. Manquillo if fit, and Lewis on the other side, although frankly that’s a worry.

    9
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #17

    They murdered us twice last year …. I’m not hopeful that our master tactician can out strategise bielsa.

    6
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Demba Ba announces retirement!

    Maybe that’s why Kets is struggling to name a team?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58551909

    4
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Lewis should have played as soon as survival was guaranteed last season, would have put a bit of confidence back into him playing games with no pressure on.

    6
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Ah here is nicky with some real savey on team selection
    Sack Ketsy and get nicky in and Leeds could be in serious trouble

    5
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #21

    TTB

    I’ve got serious doubts on Lewis

    0
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s a horrendous experience when you have no access to the Carling. Wouldn’t wish that on any Carling drinker. Sausage, bacon and ham. Same.

    2
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #23

    I think if playing 5 at the back I would have manquillo on left and Munster on the right

    1
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Lol I might change Munster for Murphy

    1
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Lewis is good going forward but his confidence is so shot he’s always looking backwards atm. He needs some careful handling to get the best out of him again doubt Bruceless is the man for that.

    2
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Coming Home I think he’s decent just totally shot of confidence, needs a Dummet beside him rather than Clarke,that and a decent manager.

    3
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #27

    4-2-3-1 and we might stay up, with an actual striker up top that is.

    0
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Maxi isn’t Terry Henry, how about the bloke we just gave a 3 year contract to for the purpose of being understudy to Wilson

    2
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Yeah it’s possible that Lewis isn’t as bad as he looks
    Maybe under Rafa or a decent manager/coach could be OK but to be honest he looks crap when I’ve seen him

    1
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #30

    CH

    Lol, if you’re gonna play Munster on the right, it seems only fair and balanced to have lesh on the left!

    😉

    6
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Another one that looks like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    1
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Gayle that is.

    1
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #33

    WorB

    Lol yeah I agree Lesh has to play on the left

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #34

    He got a brace against Norwich. Why didn’t SB build on that?

    3
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #35

    WorB

    And that prov1 you found was mine

    1
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #36

    4-5-1
    Manny fed lasc Dummett
    Hayden Longstaff
    Miggy Willock maxi
    Striker anyone ….if only we had a big lump who could hold the ball up for the speedsters in the 3 att mid roles to feed off on the break.(while wilson is injured)

    2
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Ron
    Cos he’s a knacker every time Gayle looks to be getting a bit form Bruceless puts him in a box till his confidence is all shrivelled up.

    4
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Or he gets a knock.

    0
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Naptoon

    Your team looks canny to me

    You got the job lad

    1
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Missing a striker though …. fatman get your dosh out.

    0


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