'WHAT A LINE-UP!': Newcastle United fans rejoice as Steve Bruce handed last minute injury boost ahead of Sheffield United clash

Steve Bruce has named his side to face Sheffield United – and Newcastle United fans have been quick to react.

After three months without competitive action, the Magpies return to action this afternoon (2pm kick-off) as they welcome the Blades to St James’s Park.

And Bruce has named an unsurprising starting line-up given the club’s injury woes – which see both Longstaff brothers and Florian Lejeune ruled-out.

There is a boost for Newcastle, though, as Matt Ritchie returns from injury having been rated as a doubt in midweek. His last-minute returns is a timely boost, and was a big talking point for fans on social media.

Newcastle United fans have reacted to Steve Bruce's team selection against Sheffield United

But what did fans make of the team selection as a whole?

Here’s what supporters have been saying on social media:

@slimshadyAFK joked: “Can't wait to hear matt Richie scream at players in a empty stadium gonna be amazing”


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@K_Wennington argued: “I would of preferred Lazaro to start for Ritchie but apart from that, strong line-up.”

@agbnufc posted: “Really hope Joelinton gets a reboot from this break.”

@LockdownHater58 tweeted: ”Brucey giving us the good good, hope to see lazaro in the second half”


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@VFLMelvini said: “Watch for Lazaro & Muto today off the bench. With lack of fitness, speed will be key the last 25 minutes”

@thomas_millman added: “Same story as normal will be giving Joelinton the support he needs. Happy to see Ritchie playing - not entirely sold on Rose yet though. Looks like a solid lineup overall! Howay the Lads”

@Laurence_1999 commented: “Didn't think Ritchie would make the XI or that Gayle would make the bench but pretty happy with our team”


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@J4ke04 posted: “3 strikers on the bench? At least we have options. HTW”

Here’s the team news in full:

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Rose, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Newcastle United subs: Darlow, Schar, Carroll, Gayle, Muto, Krafth, Yedlin, Lazaro, Bentaleb


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Sheffield United XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Stevens, Norwood, Fleck, Burge, Sharp, McBurnie

Sheffield United subs: Jagielka, Moore, K Freeman, Osborn, Rodwell, Lundstram, L Freeman, Zivkovic, Mousset