This blow has 'devastated' Steve Bruce at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce says he’s “devastated” at losing Matt Ritchie for at least another month.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 12:00 pm

The Newcastle United winger has been sidelined since late August, when he suffered an ankle injury in the club’s Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City.

“Matt’s a blow – we’re all disappointed,” said head coach Bruce, who labelled Hamza Choudhury’s tackle on Ritchie as a “horror challenge” at the time. “Nothing worse for a player than having an operation like he did and the surgeon decides he needs a bit more. We’re all devastated.

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Matt Ritchie.

“He had a period of rest, saw the specialist and had the operation the next morning. We hope he’s back early January. It happens in football – I said at the time it was a bad challenge – but it’s worse when the player is out for a long time.”