Steve Bruce has worrying fitness update on key Newcastle United player

Matt Ritchie’s still not ready to return at Newcastle United – three months after injuring his ankle.

And Ritchie, an influential player on and off the pitch, is “not near” to a comeback, according to head coach Steve Bruce.

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“Ritchie isn’t near fitness at the moment,” said Bruce. “He saw a specialist last week.

Matt Ritchie.

“We’ll see if rest does it. He’s still not ready to return.”