The NUFC boss insists that injuries to Schar (knee) and Carroll (groin) are ‘not serious’, and hints that both could return for our trip to West Ham next weekend.
As for Ritchie and Lejeune, Bruce suggested Sunday will come too soon for both, but insists it’s ‘good news’ that the pair are ‘close’ after returning to training this week.
Isaac Hayden is also ruled out via suspension, with this being the final game he’ll miss following his red card at Leicester last month.
Here’s what Bruce had to say when speaking to the press about the injury situation, starting with Schar and Carroll:
“Schar and Carroll are not serious.
“Andy picked up a groin strain, while Fab has had a bit of a sore knee that he’s been playing with. They’re both out of Wolves but could be ready for West Ham. It’s disappointing but injuries are part & parcel of it”
“It’s not Andy Carroll’s ankle, thankfully, but everybody can pick up those types of niggles. It’s one of those things.
“His ankle is good and we’re managing that well. He was getting fitter every week.
“Nobody is more disappointed than Andy, but these things happen”
It’s a real shame both will miss Sunday’s crucial game at St James’ Park, however it is a relief to hear both knocks are NOT serious.
Bruce then said this when asked about Lejeune and Ritchie:
“The good news is that Flo (Lejeune) is close to a return, and so is Matt Ritchie as well.
“He’s been bouncing around the training ground all week.”
He sounds positive about both, and it sounds like Ritchie will be back in the squad at West Ham next weekend, however this Sunday will come too soon for both once again.