'It's taken a toll': Steve Bruce promises 'a few changes' to Newcastle United team

Steve Bruce is ready to make changes to his Newcastle United starting XI against Manchester City – after the Premier League restart finally caught up with his squad.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 10:05 am
Miguel Almiron, left, celebrates with Allan Saint-Maximin.

Bruce’s squad played five games in a 15-day period after the Premier League’s resumption following a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And United’s head coach has admitted that Allan Saint-Maximin – who has started every game since the restart – is “struggling” along with Miguel Almiron, the club’s leading goalscorer.

Jamaal Lascelles (ankle) and Andy Carroll (groin) are also doubtful for this evening's game at the Etihad Stadium.

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“We'll see how they are,” said Bruce. “I thought after Bournemouth, Saint-Max couldn't go again. However, he bounced into training was bright as a button. We'll see how we are, see what we've got. But, certainly, there’ll be a few changes.

“I think that's inevitable with the schedule we've had. We'll see what we've got, and make sure we put together a team to try to compete with City.”

“Unfortunately, we have picked up one or two (injuries),” said Bruce. “It's fair to say Almiron and Saint-Maximin, in particular, are struggling, Andy Carroll picked up a groin strain, Jamaal has got a sore ankle that he's had problems with in the past, so, in that respect, we've got a few.

“But I suspect most of the Premier League will be thinking exactly the same. When we're approaching the fifth and sixth game, then obviously it's going to take its toll.”