Longstaff was forced off just after the half hour mark after pulling his hamstring, while Bruce has confirmed Manquillo’s late withdrawal came via a “bit of a strain”.
Bruce admits that he won’t know the severity of either for another day or two yet, but both will be early doubts for our upcoming clash with West Ham – which is just 4 days away as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast!
Here’s what the Newcastle boss has had to say on the injury front after our brilliant win on the South Coast:
“We’ve got a few, although I’ll not quite know how bad for a little while.
“Sean’s got a hamstring that kept him off, which is a blow because I thought it was as good as I’ve seen him look.”
“We’ve got one or two others – Manquillo’s got a bit of a strain – but I’ll not really know for the next 24 or 48 hours.”
On the plus side, Lee Ryder reports that Longstaff “did not look in too much discomfort” as he left the Vitality Stadium last night, suggesting the injury may not be too bad, however it seems highly unlikely that he’ll play on Sunday if he’s felt his hamstring.
It’s a shame for Sean as Bruce says, with him playing a huge role in our opening two goals and looking sharp in a more advanced role.
As for Manquillo, it’s no major surprise to see him pick up a knock, with him having played every minute of our 4 games so far before he was taken off in the closing stages last night.
Thankfully, Danny Rose will be fresh to return at left-back against West Ham after a rest here, while DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth will give us two handy options at right-back should Manquillo fail to make it.
Krafth did a great job last night after so long without a start, but it now seems likely that Yedlin plays on Sunday given he’s yet to start since football returned.