Everything Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce said on injuries as one player ruled out for season, Watford and Manchester City
With a host of subjects on the agenda – including the ongoing takeover talks at the club, the latest on Matty Longstaff and fresh team news – it’s set to be an informative press conference from Bruce.
So scroll down for the latest from the Newcastle United boss, as he previews another crucial top flight clash:
Steve Bruce press conference LIVE: Newcastle United boss previews Watford
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Here’s what our team had to say after the midweek defeat
What’s on the agenda for Bruce today?
What’s the latest on Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron? Hopefully there’s no fresh injury woes for Bruce to contend with…
Matty Longstaff’s future remains under discussion, with Bruce recently saying the ball was in the midfielder’s court.
Bruce snapped at a question on this subject last weekend, but it’s still high on the agenda for many fans.
Steve Bruce hoping for a triple fitness boost
Steve Bruce’s hoping for a triple boost ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to Vicarage Road.
Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles sat out Wednesday’s night’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, while Miguel Almiron, struggling with a thigh injury, was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium.
Saint-Maximin had been tired after starting five games in 15 days, while Lascelles had a sore ankle. However, all three could feature against relegation-threatened Watford tomorrow.
“We’ll know a little bit more this afternoon, but I hope Almiron, Saint-Maximin and the skipper (Lascelles) will be OK,” said head coach Bruce. “Unfortunately, the other night we had too many of our big players unavailable.”
Newcastle are 13th in the Premier League and 15 points above the relegation zone with four games left to play. The club is six points off 10th-placed Burnley. Bruce said: “We have to respond – let’s hope we can do that.”
Bruce on the youngsters he named on the bench
Bruce on the Newcastle United display against City
Bruce expects a reaction
Newcastle travel to Watford on Saturday
The mark of a good team and the honesty of your team is how you respond to a beating. I'm sure we will be better. We've had a couple of awful results this season and we've responded in the right way."
Steve Bruce on Ciaran Clark
“I doubt he’ll play again this season. He had an ankle operation and, unfortunately, he’s got a complication in that area. He’s not comfortable."