Steve Bruce appears to have been handed a double boost ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, with Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett back in training.
Elsewhere, it’s also quite telling that the latest snaps from the club’s Benton base show DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Ritchie BOTH in action – suggesting potential moves to Galatasaray and Bournemouth respectively are not as far down the line as some have reported.
This comes after several reports on Thursday claimed Yedlin had ‘agreed’ to join Galatasaray, with Matt Ritchie also tipped to return to the South Coast after The Mail confirmed Bournemouth were attempting to re-sign him.
Here’s pictures of all four in training, with Clark and Dummett’s return a timely boost after both sat out our last two games:
The ‘bad news’ is that there’s no sign of Federico Fernandez in the training photos, suggesting the Argentine could miss out once again this weekend.
Clark’s return could be a big boost, however, with the Irish international recently signing a new deal after barely putting a foot wrong in recent seasons.
As for Dummett, a return to a back four – which often relies on slightly more solid full-backs – could mean he comes in for a struggling Jamal Lewis.
That said, Dummett has suffered so many setbacks and new injuries since returning at the back end of last year – not that Bruce’s decision to hand him 194 minutes of football over the space of a few days was a bright idea!
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