The list of wounded Magpies grew to eight when Fabian Schar was forced off with a calf injury at Liverpool over the weekend. He joined midfielder Sean Longstaff, who had turned over his ankle in training, as a recent addition to an already bloated list.
Bruce has so far given no indication of the availability of Schar or Longstaff for this Saturday’s crucial game against Brighton saying only that it was too soon to know in his post-Liverpool comments to the press.
He did, however, give an update on Andy Carroll. Bruce confirmed that Andy was cleared by a specialist to increase his participation in training this week.
He also added, when prompted, that Carroll had a chance of making the squad for Brighton. The caveat being that he makes it through training this week without a setback.
The Daily Mail have a report that, if accurate, will provide a significant boost to Bruce for Saturday.
The Mail is reporting that Andy Carroll has not had any problems through the first two days of training this week. Therefore, it is looking all the more likely that he will be in the match-day squad.
The good news does not end there either. The Mail is also reporting that both Sean Longstaff and Fabian Schar should also be available for Brighton.
If true, this would significantly reduce Newcastle’s injury list while providing Bruce some much-needed options in picking a squad.
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