While we’re not short for centre-backs, with Fernandez, Clark and Dummett all filling in superbly this season, both Schar and Lejeune are in contention to make Steve Bruce’s squad ahead of our trip to Aston Villa a week on Monday.
Steve Bruce confirmed last week that Matt Ritchie suffered a ‘setback’ in training recently, but Lee Ryder reports that he’s expected to be back ‘later this month’ – suggesting he may miss the trip to Villa but should be back for our clash with Manchester City on November 30th.
Schar will not take part in Switzerland’s EURO 2020 qualifiers over the international break, with the club confirming he’ll stay at Benton instead to continue his recovery from a knee injury, while Lejeune is ‘champing at the bit’ to return to Steve Bruce’s squad at Aston Villa according to the NUFC boss.
Lascelles’ injury is a blow – he’s our skipper and leader at the back after all – but it must be said that we may not miss him a great deal if both Schar and Lejeune can return, giving Bruce FIVE capable centre-backs to work with in his absence.
As for Ritchie, his energy, heart and intensity is infectious, but I don’t see him taking Jetro Willems’ place in the side anytime soon if the Dutchman continues to shine at left wing-back.
With that in mind, how do you see us lining up when all three are fully fit?
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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.