Steve Bruce has offered a promising update on the injury front ahead of this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford.
The good news is that Javier Manquillo has “responded very well” to treatment – suggesting he could return to action slightly sooner than expected.
Bruce also confirms that Fabian Schar’s operation has “gone to plan”, revealing that Federico Fernandez is also back in training after a month out.
The Argentine won’t be fit for Sunday’s clash with Man Utd, but it’s hoped he’ll be fit to face Wolves next week.
As for Callum Wilson, Bruce insists that our £20m man just needs rest and time to recover from his hamstring injury.
Here’s what he told BBC Newcastle earlier today in his latest press conference:
“We’ve just got to be patient & wait. They’re OK.
“Schär’s the one who’s had the operation and, thankfully, that’s gone to plan.
“Manquillo’s making quicker progress than we thought.
“He twisted his ankle badly but he’s responded very well to treatment. He’s the one who looks better.
“The big thing with Wilson is time… bear with it, and give it the time it needs.”
“Fede (Fernandez) trained yesterday for the first time in a month and I think he needs at least another few days’ training.
“We hope for Wolves that he’ll be available.”
“Thankfully we’ve not got any new injuries ahead of the weekend.
So, positive news on Schar’s operation and good to hear defensive duo Fernandez and Manquillo are making good progress.
Wilson is the big one, however it seems we’ll have to be patient with our top scorer, with hamstrings being the last injured muscle you can rush – even if Bruce had a habit of doing exactly that with Allan Saint-Maximin last season!
Let’s hope we see all four back full fit and firing before too long.