Neil Warnock lifts lid on injury problems at Newcastle United

Neil Warnock.Neil Warnock.
Neil Warnock.
Neil Warnock has lifted the lid on Steve Bruce’s injuries problems at Newcastle United.

Warnock’s Middlesbrough side beat Newcastle 5-1 Rockliffe Park on Tuesday, and a rematch on Tyneside has been cancelled.

Bruce has “about seven injuries” ahead of Saturday’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Stoke City at St James’s Park, according to Warnock,

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“We just both decided that we’d had enough,” said Warnock. “That game was a really competitive game. We were going to do the Under-23s, and give the players who haven’t had many minutes a run-out against their first team. But poor old Steve has got about seven injuries, I think, now for the Stoke City game, so it’s just not worth the risk of getting any more injuries.”

Bruce has lost Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka to long-term injuries, and a number of players also missed yesterday’s training session. Joelinton and Yoshinori Muto are back in training.