Newcastle have suffered an injury double-whammy ahead of their trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.
Steve Bruce’s side are looking for their first win in the league this season after conceding eight goals in their first three games. The former Manchester United defender will need a heroic performance from his players to secure all three points.
All eyes come Saturday will be on Cristiano Ronaldo, who is making his return after leaving United for Real Madrid 12-years-ago, but Bruce has other concerns as well as that. Star striker Callum Wilson has been ruled out while midfielder Ryan Fraser will be another player on the absentee list.
“Callum won’t make the weekend, unfortunately, he picked up a thigh injury, a muscle strain,” Bruce told the press, as per Manchester Evening News.
“Ryan Fraser won’t make it either he has twisted an ankle. We don’t think it’s as bad as what photographers have made out with him in a boot.
“It was only precautionary, but he won’t be ready for the weekend either.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave a team update of his own at Carrington this afternoon, as per MEN, and the best news to come from it is Dean Henderson is no longer feeling tiredness after testing positive for COVID-19.
Scott McTominay is unlikely to play but has recovered quickly, so he may feature against Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
On top of that, we could see Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo from the start.
“They’re all training. Dean (Henderson) has not got the after-effect and tiredness anymore, that’s very positive. (Alex) Telles is not 100 per cent yet, still a few weeks and Scott (McTominay) has recovered very quickly from the operation. He’s probably not gonna play, depending on who we’ve got available and can use.
“Jadon’s (Sancho) come back in with a minor knock but is determined to play, to be fit, he’s available, that’s a positive. Cristiano’s trained all week, we didn’t get anyone injured in internationals, not a lot of recoveries but they will be available, I think.”