Early team news arrives from Steve Bruce – 5 out, 2 passed fit & duo have surgery ahead of Liverpool

Steve Bruce has shared some mixed news on the injury front ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Liverpool.

The good news is that Allan Saint-Maximin is ‘OK’ – training all week after limping off in last weekend’s win over West Ham with a ‘badly swollen ankle’.

Bruce also confirms that Callum Wilson is fit, insisting that his absence from yesterday’s session was all part of his rehabilitation plan and nothing to be worried about.

Fabian Schar is also back in full training after two months out with a knee injury, however Bruce feels tomorrow’s game will come a bit too soon for the Swiss centre-back.

The bad news is that Ryan Fraser (groin) and Karl Darlow (knee) have undergone surgery this week, meaning both are expected to be missing for the next few weeks.

Elsewhere, Isaac Hayden (knee) and Jamaal Lascelles (foot) remain absent with long-term injuries.

Here’s what Bruce had to say in this morning’s press conference:

Bruce on Saint-Maximin:

“Allan Saint Maximin is OK, thankfully. He’s trained all week.

It was a kick to his ankle but he does take a few of those so it’s going to be a constant battle but he’s OK for tomorrow.”

Bruce on Wilson and Schar:

“It’s been part of Callum’s rehab that he takes it easier on a Thursday but he’s perfectly OK too.

“Fab Schär has worked extremely hard and trained all week but the weekend might come a bit too early for him. It’s good to see him back.”

Bruce on Fraser and Darlow:

“Ryan [Fraser] had an operation on his groin a week ago. He’s recovering now, and is going to be (out for) at least another two or three weeks.”

“Karl [Darlow] unfortunately has had to have a small operation on his knee so he’ll be out for a few weeks.”

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