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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

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #41

    This is the first time Barcelona have lost their opening Champions League game since Tino Asprilla’s hat-trick for Newcastle in a famous 3-2 win in 1997-98. (BBC)

    5
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #42

    Those were the days 3-0 up the young uns donโ€™t know how good it can be up here or how big we really are and the media donโ€™t want to remind anyone.

    2
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #43

    CH

    I’ve found loads of your golf balls…

    ———–
    RANGE
    ———–

    ๐Ÿ˜†

    3
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #44

    Canโ€™t believe it was that long ago …. Jhc nearly a quarter of a century.

    1
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #45

    Naptoon

    We could just hoy Munster up front and hope he catches summit

    1
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #46

    Wor B and Coming Home, if you play Munster on the right, who on earth will come near him to tackle him as he will have a big hurling stick in his hands, collateral damage for sure ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    https://youtu.be/4VoveOBQFjA

    2
  • naptoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #47

    Ch
    Probs not a ball (are Gaelic the same as footy) …. maybe covid but our strikers are usually isolated so he should be grand and it might just work.

    0
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #48

    Good evening Magic

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  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #49

    I can just see Munster tearing down the right wing with a fishing rod in one hand and a I hate Jail above his number on his back

    1
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #50

    Only joking Munster marra

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  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #51

    Lot of plane watch frenzy going on on twitter thank foot I like that shit

    1
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #52

    Good evening Coming Home lad, iam on for a while to see if there is any positivity going on at our club at the moment, after catching up i definitely wont be getting on the wrong side of Carltoon tonight, i dont fancy going to work tomorrow with two black eyes ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    2
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #53

    Magic

    Not much positivity going on mate

    Yeah Carltoon knows football and has the passion of 10 of us I pray there’s a takeover for her she deserves it more than most

    3
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #54

    Magic

    Apologies for my performance in the FPL up to now, I’m aware you are my biggest supporter.

    Mrs Wor reckons I’ve lost the dressing room. ๐Ÿ™

    I’ll just have to pick myself up, dust myself down and go again.

    ๐Ÿ˜€

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #55

    Munster tearing down the wing ha ha
    Captain Tom could have done Munster for pace ๐Ÿ˜•

    6
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #56
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #57

    WorB

    As a fellow golfer I’m also routing for you mind Rom is the gadgie to win the trophy

    3
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #58

    Wor B

    I give you my vote of confidence Wor B, I have every faith in you, its only a blip, the cream always rises to the top, you will rise like a phoenix from the ashes, as will Romford and NY Mag, and leave that big Beast Jail for Ashley in your Slip Stream ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    2
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #59

    Coming Home

    I totally concur on your comments about Carltoon, what a loyal and passionate geordie lady.

    1
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #60

    Lol, Jail must be bricking it, what with me being 5.1 million places behind him.

    ๐Ÿ˜†

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #61

    RB after Everton beat Burnley.
    “It is important for people to understand that one thing is the system – four at the back, five at the back, or whatever – and then the other thing is how you play with the tactics.

    In this case, to change the system wasn’t the key – it was to change the tactics”

    SB:
    “You can talk about tactics as much as you like, itโ€™s all about playersโ€

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #62

    Seems this “The Network” twitter being is the source of the latest Ambani rumours and he just made it up.

    I completely made this up, just seen it get a mention in the @LiamJKennedy23 article ?, I literally googled worlds richest men and picked him ?

    Donโ€™t shoot the messenger, been told by someone close to Ashley that a bid from Indian billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani was accepted last week and has had assurances from the premier league that O&D tests shouldnโ€™t be as โ€œcomplicatedโ€ #NUFCTakeover

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #63
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #64

    “In football you can never say anything is certain. The benchmark is 38/40 points. That has always been the case. That will never change”
    Anyone still wondering what Churnley saw on his CV that caught his eye.

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  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #65

    Jail

    Rafa just knows

    But some people don’t get it which is fair enough but only time will prove his credentials

    3
  • coming home

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #66

    Goodnight Magic great craic as always

    2
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #67

    Wor B

    No doubt you have been taking lessons from NY Mag who is the ultimate king of the hustlers ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #68

    Chancel

    Nah that canโ€™t be right, Keith said there was genuine interest from them and they sent planes to London, heading to the toon afterwards. He wouldnโ€™t go along with bs rumours could heโ€ฆ.

    1
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #69

    Coming Home

    Good night lad, sweet dreams keep safe fella

    0
  • magicmac54

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #70

    Time to hit the sack, take care lads and keep safe Nite Nite all.

    3
  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #71

    Lads, I’m quiet and unassuming, I do shout a bit when I’m at the match, but not in real life, and thank God no one who knows me, read the blog, and don’t know i post. They wouldn’t believe it. Well me kids would probably believe it.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #72

    chancel,
    Well there goes another one ๐Ÿ˜• that’ll save Ashley buying the owner of the Taj Mahal in Basingstoke a new suit on Friday night and plonking him next to Churnley.

    2
  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #73

    Chancel ! Did you make it up, or some one on twitter?

    0
  • NY Mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #74

    Magic,

    I think when we get to the end of the season, my FPL scores will unfortunately show Iโ€™m not a hustler ๐Ÿ™

    1
  • Romford mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #75

    Pull the other one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1
  • Romford mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #76

    Night all take care ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • NY Mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #77

    Night rom ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • Romford mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #78

    NY

    Night mate ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #79

    Night Rom. Take care

    1
  • NY Mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #80

    Carltoon,

    Are you still on your jollies, or are you back home?

    0


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