Steve Bruce has shared a fitness update ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brighton at St James’ Park – and it’s good news.
He confirms that we have ‘no new injuries’, thankfully saying that Allan Saint-Maximin is ‘fine’ after he limped off in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Blackburn after appearing to twist his knee late on.
That said, there’s still five players who’ll be missing for Sunday’s visit of Brighton, with Bruce confirming that the game will come too soon for Paul Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka and Dwight Gayle.
Here’s what he told the press in his press conference just a few moments ago;
“No new injuries, which is good.
“It’s still a bit too early for Dummett, [Matty] Longstaff, Schär and Dubravka.
“Everybody else seems to be OK and we have a clean bill of health from the other night.
“Allan Saint Maximin is fine.”
A big relief that ASM is fine and that no one picked up any knocks in our midweek win over Blackburn.
Elsewhere, Gayle isn’t directly mentioned by Bruce, however he’s still expected to be missing for at least another THREE months.
Schar is still recovering from shoulder surgery, Dummett seems to be edging closer but isn’t ready yet, while a recurrence of a recent thigh injury keeps Matty on the sidelines.
As for Dubravka, Bruce recently suggested that he could be back within a month, so he’s one to keep an eye on – even if Sunday will come too soon for the Slovakian.