Five Newcastle United players set to miss Fulham game

Steve Bruce will be without up to FIVE Newcastle United players through illness when his team takes on Fulham.
Steve Bruce.Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce.

A number of players are still recovering from Covid-19 following the recent training ground outbreak ahead of tomorrow's Premier League home game against Scott Parker's 18th-placed side.

“We don’t ave any new injury concerns,” said head coach Bruce. “We’ve still got four or five of squad missing through illness. It’s a difficult time in that respect. We’ve certainly got one or two who are finding it a struggle.

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“The one thing we’re finding is that the virus leaves you fatigued. Not just fatigue, they’ve got other symptoms too. I don’t know. It’s a difficult one. It won’t be a week or two, it’ll be longer than that.”

A number of players, including Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin, Javier Manquillo and Fabian Schar, missed Wednesday night’s 5-2 defeat to Leeds United.

Reflecting on the performance at Elland Road, Bruce said: “There’s no doubt it was a poor goal, the third one. We’ve got caught in our own box and got punished.

"The fourth one and fifth one, I can understand as we were chasing the game. When we equalised I thought we’d given ourselves a wonderful opportunity to win the match.

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“We’ve scored twice away from home. At the forward end of the pitch, we’re starting to look a threat, but we have to get that balance right, and make sure we defend better as a team.”

Newcastle are 14th in the Premier League table with 17 points.

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