Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles provides much-needed injury update as crisis mounts at St James's Park

Newcastle United's injury problems are mounting but skipper Jamaal Lascelles has at least provided a positive update on his situation.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 6:05 am
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United goes down injured after a collision with Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth  at St. James Park on November 09, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United goes down injured after a collision with Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 09, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Magpies lost FIVE players in their Leicester City defeat and Steve Bruce has revealed he is likely to be without 10 players in the FA Cup this weekend.

Bruce confirmed DeAndre Yedlin (suspected broken hand), Javier Manquillo, Jonjo Shelvey, Fabian Schar (all hamstring) and Jetro Willems (groin) added to the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie on the sidelines.

But Lascelles admits he's not too far away.

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“I managed to get back on the grass last week without any problems,” said Lascelles to the club's matchday programme.

“I’m starting to do a bit of ball work now and I’m trying to turn the intensity up a bit. I hope to be back training properly very soon, so it’s a case of trying to get my fitness right back up there to get myself ready.”