Newcastle facing injury crisis ahead of Burnley trip

Date published: Friday 13th December 2019 10:32

Steve Bruce Jonjo Shelvey TEAMtalk

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce will have an injury crisis on his hands as the Magpies head to Turf Moor on Saturday to face Burnley in the Premier League.

Bruce has already had to rule out Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and Ki Sung-yueng, and has doubts over stand-in skipper Jonjo Shelvey and £21million frontman Miguel Almiron.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Bruce said: “I’ve had to write a few down this morning, we’ve got a few out.

“Certainly Clark and Ritchie, Lascelles, Saint-Maximin, Ki are all struggling – well, they’re out – and we’ve got a couple of question marks over Almiron and Shelvey, so we’ll see how they are today.

“Shelvey has got a bit of a sore calf and Almiron is a little bit tight in his hamstring, so we’ll see how they are today and we’ll make a judgement on them after training.”

Allan Saint-Maximin TEAMtalk

Saint-Maximin in particular will be a miss at Turf Moor having torn his hamstring late in last Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Southampton.

The Frenchman, who faces a month on the sidelines, has been a key figure in Newcastle’s recent improvement, which has seen them draw with Manchester City and secure back-to-back victories over Sheffield United and the Saints.

Bruce said: “You just have to look at the statistics and the impact he’s made on the team and the way we set up. He gives you that threat which is vitally important to us, the way we play.

“Look, it’s part and parcel of it, we have to adapt to it, we have to try to find a different way if we can, but of course he’s been a bit of a talisman over the last few weeks and like any team with their better players, obviously it’s a disappointment.”

 

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