Steve Bruce has offered an update on the injury front after FOUR Newcastle United stars limped off in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United.
Joelinton had to be replaced at half-time, Allan Saint-Maximin made way on the 70th minute mark after falling awkwardly, Martin Dubravka played through the pain barrier despite an injured hamstring and match-winner Joe Willock also hobbled off.
The good news is that Willock’s withdrawal was down to ‘fatigue’, while Bruce’s initial take on ASM’s injury doesn’t suggest it’s anything too serious – saying they’re not sure yet if it’s a calf problem or ‘just a kick’.
Bruce also states that Dubravka’s hamstring doesn’t look “anything too bad”, while Joelinton has a ‘knock’ that some suspect is just a dead leg.
Here’s what he had to say after the game:
“Joelinton has a knock.
“Saint-Maximin, we don’t know yet if it’s a calf injury or whether it’s just a kick as well so we’ll see how he is.
“Dubravka has a bit of a hamstring but I don’t think there’s anything too bad.
“Joe Willock is just fatigued.”
With us pushing to beat last season’s points tally at Fulham this weekend, let’s hope the majority of the above are able to feature at Craven Cottage.
That said, I’d be highly surprised if Dubravka is risked – he’s going to the Euros with Slovakia next month – and reckon we’d be wise to give ASM a rest to make sure he’s 100% fit heading into pre-season.