NUFC duo ‘touch & go’, 3 ruled out & ASM scare revealed as Bruce hints at changes vs Southampton

Steve Bruce has revealed that Isaac Hayden is ‘touch and go’ for Saturday’s clash with Southampton at St James’ Park.

After being forced off at Villa last weekend, the midfielder missed our midweek defeat to Burnley but has returned to training just yesterday.

As a result, it seems late decision will be made on him and Paul Dummett – who has also returned to training this week after missing our opening three games of the season.

Elsewhere, Martin Dubravka (infected foot) and Karl Darlow (Covid) remain out, while Jonjo Shelvey will also be missing after Bruce stated earlier this week that he’s set for ‘three to four weeks’ on the sidelines.

The NUFC boss also revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin suffered a kick to his foot in midweek – which explains why he limped off – however he expects the Frenchman to be ok for Saturday.

Bruce also hinted at a few changes, stating that ‘one or two’ who featured against Burnley on Wednesday could come in to face Southampton this weekend.

Here’s what he’s had to say this morning in his latest injury update:

“Saint-Maximin had a kick on the top of his foot and it was a bit sore but we expect him to be OK.

“Paul Dummett is back in and around it and it’s also touch and go for Saturday for Isaac Hayden.

“He came back onto the grass yesterday. I’ll make the decision after looking at him again later today.

“Everybody else is OK.

 “One or two who came in for cup game may get chance tomorrow.”

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