While Andy Carroll is close to some yield for Newcastle, sean Longstaff has suffered an ankle injury in practice, states head coach Steve Bruce.
After recovering from a knee injury which kept him out of the last phases of the campaign longstaff has played all four Premier League games so far this year.
The 21-year-old attracted interest from Manchester United in the summer following his impressive performances during his breakthrough season, but Bruce confirmed he has been sidelined because of an injury in training.
Bruce stated:”Unfortunately, Sean Longstaff turned into an arm in practice. Tomorrow he won’t make.
“He strove to block a cross and sadly twisted his ankle and we won’t know how severe that’s till the next few days. That’s a tiny blow to us.
“It’s one of those freak ones which sadly happens. We had been disappointed which we have lost a player to some freak collision. That is what happens in football unfortunately.”
Newcastle started the year with defeats Arsenal and Norwich, but rallied to get a shock win at Tottenham thanks to the target of Joelinton.
The striker hasn’t faced much competition for his place at the side however he is challenged by Andy Carroll, who’s nearing a return after he was re-signed about Deadline Day.
Bruce said:”[Carroll has] made enormous progress this week. He is thrilled with how it’s gone up to now. It’s great news for us.
“I think for everybody to see him joining in with instruction was good for him, good for your team of course and also people need now some good news from his specialist.
“It is always quite tricky to place timescale on someone like Andy, he is fit when he is fit. He is joined in, he has worked extremely hard, there’s a smile across his face this afternoon where he’s comfortable which is great.
“When you’ve got a ankle like he’s got, it is always the response to the job he is set in. At the present time it is all very good.”
Newcastle face a trip to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday as they seem like the first team to collect points out of Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, and Bruce admits it will be a challenge.
He added:”We’re going to European champions who have not lost a game at home for two and a half an hour.
“They’re as good a team as you are ever going to play against so we’ll have to defend well that’s for certain. But we must take part in the game like we did against Spurs and reveal that strength.
“When we’ve got it, could we trigger a hazard and that’s got to be the match program straight away again.
“It’s a wonderful stadium with a wonderful service, a major club, big history, large tradition. To proceed and play against them is for me likely to be among the highlights since they are rather exceptional in what they’ve done through the years in their history.
“I have always just enjoyed it. In the games it’s imperative that you simply love it, that’s what were in it for. It could not be anymore difficult because they’re a very, very good team now.”
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