Steve Bruce has given an update on the injury front during his pre-Wolves press conference in front of the media this morning.
He confirms that Karl Darlow is “50-50” for Sunday’s game after an “awful bang” and “severe bruising” in an awkward area last weekend, meaning Mark Gillespie is on standby for his first Premier League start.
Isaac Hayden also looks set for a late fitness test after limping off against Man Utd. Bruce reveals that scans suggested it was more cramp than a strain, however he looks set to assess the midfielder in training today before making a decision.
Elsewhere, Sean Longstaff has declared himself fit after tonsillitis, while Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark are available again after coming through Monday’s U-23 outing unscathed.
The game will come too soon for Matty Longstaff – who’s set to play again for the second string today – while Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle remain out.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say, starting with an update on Karl Darlow via BBC Newcastle:
“He’s still sore. It’s still 50-50 whether he’s going to be fit enough to play.
“It was an awful bang – rather than a tear – to the groin area.
“He’s got severe bruising but in a very awkward area.”
Bruce on Isaac Hayden:
“Isaac is looking to train today.
“It was more cramp, rather than a strain – so the scan revealed.
“We’ll see how he is today and tomorrow but, with hamstrings, you have to be a bit careful.”
Bruce on Clark, Dummett & the Longstaff’s:
“The three lads that played in the U23 on Monday will have benefited from that and Matty Longstaff will play at West Brom today.
“Sean Longstaff has declared himself OK.
“He’s had tonsillitis but we’ve got one or two coming back which is a good thing.”