Steve Bruce promises Newcastle will ‘look into’ their persistent injury problems… with Jamaal Lascelles and Joe Willock now among SIX absentees as they search for first win of the season against Watford
- Joe Willock kicked the ground in Newcastle training and damaged his toe
- Captain Jamaal Lascelles is absent with a thigh strain suffered against Leeds
- Callum Wilson and Jonjo Shelvey among those also unavailable to Steve Bruce
- He says they will look into the fitness issues that continue to plague his squad
Newcastle will be without captain Jamaal Lascelles and summer signing Joe Willock as they search for their first win of the season at Watford on Saturday, with boss Steve Bruce promising to investigate the club’s persistent injury problems.
Willock, a £22million arrival from Arsenal, kicked the ground in training this week and has damaged his toe, while Lascelles is absent with a thigh strain suffered during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Leeds.
Bruce has already lost Callum Wilson (thigh), Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Martin Dubravka (foot) and Paul Dummett (calf) to injury, and the head coach says they will look into the fitness issues that continue to plague his squad.
Steve Bruce has promised Newcastle will investigate the club’s persistent injury problems
Captain Jamaal Lascelles (L) and midfielder Joe Willock (R) have joined an ever-growing list
‘We unfortunately seem to pick up more than most. We’ll look into it, that’s for sure,’ he said.
‘It’s not that healthy. You have a squad of 25 players but six of them are injured, it’s not that great, is it?
‘Joe’s was a complete fluke. He kicked the ground and damaged his toe. He won’t make this week and he’ll be touch and go for next week.
‘He missed a lot of pre-season. He only had 43 minutes. He then got sick with Covid. So we knew it would take him a bit of time.
They join the likes of Jonjo Shelvey (L) and Callum Wilson (R) on the treatment table
The list is completed by Martin Dubravka (R) and Paul Dummett (L), who have foot and calf issues
‘Jamaal tried to train yesterday and it was no good. It will be another couple of weeks with a muscle strain.
‘So it’s difficult at the moment, it always seems to be the case when you’re up against it. It’s frustrating, that’s for sure.’
Supporters again called for Bruce to go during the game with Leeds, and he said: ‘You have to try and shut it out around you. At times it becomes so loud it’s difficult. But I’ve had flak since I walked through the door. I have to deal with it.
‘A couple of results might ease the burden on it. I would hope it would stop.’
Magpies supporters again called for Bruce to go during the draw with Leeds last Friday
Bruce, though, believes an entertaining contest against Leeds proved some people wrong regarding his side’s absence of style.
‘The actual game itself was terrific to watch,’ he argued. ‘Arguably as good as I’ve seen in the last few weeks in the Premier League.
‘We’re supposed to be boring Newcastle and have no style of play, yet everyone is raving about the spectacle. More of the same tomorrow, please.’