Bruce confirms 3 players ruled out, 2 passed fit & 1 guaranteed to start vs West Ham

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Paul Dummett is the only outfield player set to miss Sunday’s clash with West Ham.

Elsewhere, the NUFC boss has confirmed that the game will come too soon for TWO of our goalkeepers, with Martin Dubravka ‘not fit’ and Karl Darlow not ready to return after suffering badly with Covid.

As a result, the 60-year-old has revealed that Freddie Woodman WILL start, handing the highly-rated stopper his full Premier League debut after another impressive loan spell at Swansea last season.

Elsewhere, Bruce passed Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson fit to for the weekend. The latter has overcome a slight hamstring niggle and the former appears to be OK after missing a chunk of pre-season through ilness.

Here’s what he’s had to say on all of the above:

“Aside from the goalkeeping situation, the only one out is Paul Dummett who won’t make it on Sunday.

“Martin [Dubravka] is not fit and it doesn’t look as if Karl Darlow is going to be right after having Covid.

“Freddie Woodman will get his chance.

“He’s waited patiently, he’s played for the last two years so it’s his big opportunity.”

“Everyone else is fit and available.”

There’s no mention of Miguel Almiron, however the Paraguayan is fit as a fiddle and clearly ok for Sunday – despite the fact he’s played in only one of our pre-season games all summer following an extended break after Copa America.

Elliot Anderson isn’t mentioned by Bruce, but he’s believed to be nursing a hip problem he’s struggled to shake off for some time now.

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