Steve Bruce has told his pre-Manchester City press conference – as per the Chronicle – that five Newcastle United players that played against West Ham United could miss Wednesday’s clash against Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Toon come into the game in high spirits with Bruce being nominated for the Manager of the Month award, and Allan Saint-Maximin for the Player of the Month accolade. It comes after they surpassed the magic 40-point mark.
Following a 2-2 draw with West Ham, the Toon face a difficult task of taking on Guardiola’s side. But Bruce has delivered some crippling injury news that could see Newcastle without five players that faced West Ham.
Indeed, Bruce stated that both Miguel Almiron and Saint-Maximin are doubts. Isaac Hayden has a soft-tissue injury, Andy Carroll has a thigh strain while Jamaal Lascelles is out with an ankle problem. All played against West Ham.
Sean Longstaff also has a muscle problem, but did not play against West Ham: “Almiron and Saint-Maximin are struggling. Andy Carroll has a strain. We’re approaching the fifth and sixth game.
“Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff are our two fittest players but have picked up soft tissue injuries. It is unfortunate they have soft tissue injuries because of the distances they cover. Jamaal Lascelles also a doubt with an ankle injury.”
Those that Bruce labelled as doubts are expected to undergo late fitness tests between now and registering the 20-man squad to play on Wednesday at The Etihad.