Steve Bruce has spoke of the full extent of our injury crisis following our 3-1 defeat to Spurs, and it’s not great news.
Swiss centre-back Fabian Schar was forced off in some pain last night, and Bruce has since confirmed his season is over with a dislocated shoulder.
The gaffer also spoke about Jamaal Lascelles, confirming he’s had ankle surgery and will be out for “at least” eight weeks – meaning he could be an early doubt for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
Elsewhere, Bruce revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin felt his calf late in the game, meaning he too is another injury concern as we go approach the final week of the season.
Here’s what Bruce said following last night’s loss:
“To have eight or nine people missing is awful.
“Fabian Schär has dislocated his shoulder and Jamaal Lascelles had an operation on his ankle yesterday.”
“With the turnaround being so quick we have to look at being ready for next season.
“We don’t want to put a timescale on Jamaal’s injury but you’d think with any ankle injury it would be six to eight weeks at least.
“We’ll have to monitor him.
“Saint-Maximin has injured his calf so that’s a problem too.”
Given Dummett is ineligible, Clark out for the season and Lejeune not fully fit, Federico Fernandez is now our only fit centre-back!
With players dropping like flies and our form nose-diving over the past few games, Toon fans should be forgiven for wanting the current Premier League season to end – and quickly.
The fixtures have now become a side-show to our impending takeover saga and with injuries now mounting up, the sooner we can rest up and prepare our troops for the next campaign the better.
For what it’s worth, you could even just chuck the young lads in and give them a chance at this stage, with it seeming more wise to wrap star men like Saint-Maximin in cotton wool so they’re fit and ready for 2020/21.