Steve Bruce reflects on Karl Darlow's Newcastle United comeback after 'easy decision' on Freddie Woodman

Steve Bruce has reacted to Karl Darlow’s Newcastle United comeback.

Sunday, 19th September 2021, 3:00 pm

The goalkeeper was recalled for Friday night’s home game against Leeds United, which ended 1-1. Darlow replaced Freddie Woodman – who had “hurt” himself in a training session on Wednesday – in Bruce’s starting XI.

It was Darlow’s first game of the season, with the 30-year-old having been hospitalised with Covid-19 in July.

“I’m pleased for him,” said head coach Bruce. “I’m pleased to see him fit and healthy, because a few weeks ago, he was in a desperately poorly situation. First and foremost, good to see him back as a goalkeeper, more importantly his health is good, fortunately for him and us. I think he proved what a good goalkeeper he is."

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On Woodman, Bruce said: “Unfortunately, Freddie hurt himself on Wednesday diving in a shooting drill, so the decision was easy. Freddie hasn’t made it. He wasn’t quite ready.”