Steve Bruce has been talking ahead of the match against Southampton.
St James Park 3pm on Saturday, with Newcastle United hoping to climb out of the relegation zone before going into the international break.
A failure to beat Southampton would look all the worse because after the internationals, it is a visit to Old Trafford for Newcastle. Newcastle having beat Man Utd away only once in the past 49 years.
If NUFC are to beat Southampton, they will have to do it without three Newcastle United players who are definitely ruled out.
Martin Dubravka looking like he will be missing for at least a couple of months according to Steve Bruce, whilst on Friday morning he revealed that they are awaiting a medical update on Karl Darlow. No chance of Darlow playing against Southampton, more a case of what the likely scenario is for his recovery in the weeks, possibly months, to come.
Well ahead of this weekend, the Newcastle United Head Coach had also stated that Jonjo Shelvey’s calf injury is set to see him out for at least a month.
As for the rest of the NUFC squad, there are three Newcastle United players who are at various levels of possible / probable in terms of availability for tomorrow and needing late checks before seeing what their involvement can be.
“Allan Saint-Maximin got a kick on the top of his foot [against Burnley] and it looks a little bit sore – but we expect him to be OK.
“We have also got Dummett [back] in and around it.
“It’s touch and go for Isaac Hayden.
“He trained a bit yesterday but considering he was out for a good period of time last year with a knee injury, we will have another look at him today and see what we think.”
From the sounds of it, thankfully ASM will be fine to start. It was a bit worrying on Wednesday night when you saw him limping after that challenge. Thankfully he recovered and was fine to take that first spot-kick…
Paul Dummett might be alright to make the bench but no more. Whilst surely it would be utter folly to even consider risking Isaac Hayden when he will be able to have a couple of weeks after this match to make sure he is fully recovered for that Man Utd match.
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