'We're not down yet' - Newcastle United fans react as Steve Bruce provides mixed injury news ahead of Burnley tie
Newcastle United fans have reacted to the mixed injury update from Steve Bruce ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley in the Premier League.
The good news is Callum Wilson, the Magpies' top goalscorer, is in contention after missing the last seven games with a hamstring injury.
However, Bruce will be without his captain Jamaal Lascelles following a foot injury sustained in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Federico Fernandez is back fit, though the Argentine defender has not played a competitive match since the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United in December.
Here are how some fans responded to the injury latest on social media:
@tomnufc_: WE’RE NOT DOWN YETTT
@Aaron96_simpson: Time to give the captain's band to Matt Ritchie! He’s the only guy that is playing with passion and looks like a leader!
@ConnorNUFC_: As soon as he started to grab a few goals and has looked very positive in form. Come back stronger Skipper.
@LukeSto9: Scenes when Bruce plays Murphy RB, Ritchie LB, and Kraft and Dummett CB’s.
@JuanGandini: Shame, but good opportunity to pair Clark and Fernandez at the back hopefully. #NUFC
@A_G_89: Imagine if we had a competent centre half out on loan currently playing out of his skin in another league…
@JakeJackmann: It's good to have Wilson back, but Lascelles out is a blow, mainly as it means Shelvey will wear the armband...Fernandez shouldn't have lost his spot in the team though. #nufc
@MongooseFF: Far too much criticism being aimed at Lascelles, we'd be worse off without him