Steve Bruce has offered a fitness update ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley – and it’s fair to say he brings good and bad news on the injury front.
The good news is that Callum Wilson has been declared fit after ‘training well’ all week, with Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark also fit to return.
Having both centre-backs available will be much needed, as Bruce has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles may have suffered a stress fracture in his foot – an injury that will rule him out of Sunday’s game and could even end his season.
Elsewhere, the game will come too soon for Ryan Fraser – his groin remains ‘a bit of a worry’, says Bruce – while Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden remain sidelined with long-term knee injuries.
Andy Carroll is the one player who’s been deemed touch and go for this one, with today’s training session set to be a big one for him after missing the last two and a half weeks.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say on all of the above:
“Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have trained all week and that’s good news for us. They’re available.
“Callum’s trained well, he looks well, he’s confident in himself so let’s hope he stays well.”
“Both Federico Fernández and Ciaran Clark are OK.
“Fede hasn’t played for a long time but he’s trained all week which is good news.”
“Andy Carroll has got a chance but Ryan Fraser’s groin injury hasn’t improved which is a bit of a worry.
“Andy has a big training session today but he’s missed the last two and a half weeks. We’ll see how he is today.”
“The disappointing thing is we’ve lost Jamaal Lascelles with a foot injury which happened last week against Spurs.
“It’s not looking so good at the moment.
“He’s going to have more scans over the weekend but we think it may be a stress fracture.”