Steve Bruce hints at decision on Kelland Watts amid defensive injury crisis at Newcastle United

Kelland Watts could have to wait for his Newcastle United debut – despite an injury to Emil Krafth.
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Watts – who has had loans spells at Stevenage and Mansfield Town this season – was an unused substitute at the Amex Stadium, where right-back Krafth was fielded out of position in central defence with Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark all sidelined with injuries.

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Asked if Watts, 20, could play if Krafth fails to prove his fitness, Bruce said: “There’s a possibility, but the boy hasn’t played for something like five months. It’s a big ask if you haven’t played at all.

"He was out on loan, and did well, but it’s a big ask for someone to come in and make their debut when they haven’t had a game for so long.”