Steve Bruce has been speaking to the press ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Starting with Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lewis – the duo injured in last Sunday’s diabolical display against Brighton – Bruce states that both are early doubts, with the former having a ‘twisted ankle’ and the latter still suffering from a ‘bad cut’ and ‘awful eye injury’ following that high boot to the face from Yves Bissouma.
Elsewhere, the NUFC boss reveals that Ciaran Clark suffered a thigh injury in Wednesday’s win at Morecambe – which explains why he was replaced by Ryan Fraser at the break.
Here’s what he told the local press this morning when asked for some early team news:
“Lewis has an awful eye injury, a bad cut. We’ll see how he is.
“Allan’s got a slightly twisted ankle.
“It’s a bit early yet for me to make the call.
“Ciaran Clark hurt his thigh the other night.”
“We’ll see how Lewis and Saint-Maximin are – we’re going to train in the next couple of hours.
“It’s a little early for me to give a definite answer but they are doubts.”
Personally, I wouldn’t risk Saint-Maximin now we have Fraser available and Murphy in contention following his stunning display on Wednesday.
As for Lewis, you have to question his readiness to play if he’s still struggling with his eye?
We’ll also have to hope Clark’s thigh injury is minor, with him barely putting a foot wrong on his two Carabao Cup appearances over the past week.
After a long spell on the sidelines, it would be a cruel blow if he faced another spell out – especially when he’s banging on the door to start after a few faultless displays since his return.