Steve Bruce has confirmed that Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin are all making good progress from recent injuries – hinting the attacking trio MIGHT just be fit for our clash with Tottenham on April 3rd.
This comes after the NUFC boss stated that all three should be “there or thereabouts” after the international break.
The bad news is that Callum Wilson will therefore miss next weekend’s trip to Brighton – a game some hoped he’d be fit for – however it would be a huge boost to know all three may only be missing for two more games.
Elsewhere, Bruce has confirmed that Javier Manquillo has made an early return from an ankle injury sustained in that 3-2 win over Southampton, also declaring Federico Fernandez fit to return after two months out.
So, it seems the defensive duo are in contention for tomorrow’s game, but we’ll be without Almiron, Wilson, ASM and Schar once again.
Here’s what he had to say on all of the above, revealing that Almiron is making particularly good progress from a knee injury:
“Everything is going to plan [with Almirón, Saint-Maximin and Wilson].
“Almirón is making particularly good progress which is good news.
‘He [Wilson] is four weeks in. We’re seeing him on the grass. He’s progressing.
“That goes for Allan and Almiron as well.
“The international break may just do us a favour so let’s hope they can keep responding the way they are.”
We hope, by the end of the international break, they’ll be there or thereabouts.’
“We’ve got no new injuries to report.
“Javier Manquillo has worked extremely hard and was a week or two quicker than expected so it was good to see him around it.
“Fernández is back amongst it too which is good news.”
Bruce also attempted to clear up the Matty Longstaff situation – with him not only absent from recent matchday squads but dropping back down to U-23 level earlier this week:
“We’ve just got everybody fit, and he needs to play games for his development.
“Let’s not forget, he’s only just 20 years old.
“We need to just make sure he has enough game time to help him progress.”
“He’s not in the side but let’s not forget he’s got a huge future – there’s no question about that.
“He had a big rise last year and finds himself not in the team at the moment so he’s just got to stick with it.
“His time will come again, that’s for sure.”