Steve Bruce explains Newcastle United team decision

Steve Bruce says he “protected” Sean Longstaff at Carrow Road – by leaving him out of his starting XI.

Sunday, 18th August 2019, 08:00 am
Updated Sunday, 18th August 2019, 08:00 am
Sean Longstaff.

Bruce handed Ki Sung-yueng a start in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Norwich City ahead of Longstaff. Defender Emil Krafth, signed from Amiens this month, also made his debut.

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Longstaff came off the bench in the game and set up Newcastle United’s late consolation goal, which was scored by Jonjo Shelvey.

Bruce said he left the 21-year-old midfielder out of his team as he’s still not !00% after recovering from the season-ending knee injury he suffered against West Ham United in March.

‘I’m trying to protect the lad,” said United’s head coach. “He’s had a serious injury. His first game back was only four weeks ago. He’s had a wonderful rise, but the injury has affected him, so I have to protect him.”