Early team news from Steve Bruce – 2 doubts, 3 out, 1 mystery & 1 ‘might’ return vs West Brom

Steve Bruce has today offered an injury update ahead of Sunday’s crucial clash with West Brom.

He’s hopeful that both Miguel Almrion (knee) and Allan Saint-Maximin (groin) will be back to face Spurs after the international break, also confirming that Callum Wilson (hamstring) is still a “little bit away” – despite stepping up his recovery with some light jogging this week.

Elsewhere, Bruce has revealed that Isaac Hayden and Emil Krafth both have knocks. The former should be fine for this weekend if he comes through training today, but the NUFC boss has rated Krafth as a ’50-50′ – meaning we may be short at right-back if Javier Manquillo isn’t ready.

The Spaniard has been spotted in training this week, but it’s not yet clear if he’ll be able to feature at The Hawthorns.

One player who could, however, is Federico Fernandez, with Bruce confirming that he “might be involved” after training all week.

Here’s what he’s had to say on all of the above:

Bruce on Saint-Maximin and Almiron:

“One’s a muscle injury (Saint-Maximin) and one’s an impact on his knee (Almiron).

“We can’t give a time schedule but we’re hoping that, maybe after the international break, we can have the two of them back.”

Bruce on Wilson:

“It’s rest and recovery for him.

“He’s working with the physio and lightly jogging but he’s unfortunately still a little bit away (from returning).”

Bruce on Hayden, Krafth and Fernandez:

“We’ve got one or two knocks.

“Isaac Hayden hopefully will train today. He’s been carrying an ankle injury for a week or two.

“I don’t think it’s anything that will keep him out of the game but it’s important he’s had his rest and recovery.

“Emil Krafth has got a nasty shin injury so we’ll see how they are today and tomorrow.

“He’s 50-50 for the game.”

” Fede [Fernandez] has trained all week and he might be involved.”

So, our attacking trio remain sidelined, Hayden has a knock but should start at The Hawthorns, Krafth is a doubt and Fernandez is in with a chance of returning for the first time since January.

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