Some early team news has emerged ahead of our upcoming clash with Tottenham a week on Sunday.
The promising news is that The Athletic claim both Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have an ‘outside chance’ of being fit to return.
Wilson has been back in light training and is believed to have targeted Spurs’ trip to Tyneside as his comeback game, while Saint-Maximin has been spotted running again as he steps up his recovery from a groin injury.
The not so good news is that Football.London report that Tottenham star Son Heung-Min’s hamstring injury is NOT as bad as first feared – meaning he’s now expected to be fit in time for next weekend’s match.
The devastating winger has withdrawn from South Korea’s international games this week, but it’s since emerged from the capital that Jose Mourinho has received positive news on the extent of his injury.
Football.London also report that Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon is also fine and likely to start at St James’ Park after limping off at Aston Villa last weekend.
Having our star men back would be a huge boost to a toothless attack who’ve been bailed out twice by Jamaal Lascelles over our last four games, although Bruce would be silly to risk either if they are not fully fit.
Personally, I can see Wilson making the game – he’s been spotted back on the grass before any sign of Saint-Maximin – and expect our exciting Frenchman to be on the bench at best.