The Walking Wounded Named

Last updated : 02 January 2020 By Footy Mad - Editor

STEVE BRUCE wants some good news on the transfer front this month after Newcastle United were hit with a full team of injuries to his squad ahead of this Saturday’s FA Cup test.

The Magpies boss insisted nothing has changed in terms of his recruitment ideas in light of suffering five fresh problems in the treatment room in the New Year’s Day defeat to Leicester City.

Jetro Willems (groin and hamstring), Fabian Schar, Javier Manquillo and Jonjo Shelvey (all hamstrings) are all having muscular problems assessed to determine the length of time they will be out, while DeAndre Yedlin has a broken wrist.

Bruce was already without Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximim, Ciaran Clark and Ki Sung-yeung against the Foxes, so clearly options are limited for the trip to Rochdale.

He is unlikely to risk any of those in the cup tie but admits that he might have to in order to increase the options available to him.

Midfielder Jack Colback, who was set for some FA Cup action, has been ruled out until April with a knee injury.

Bruce, who revealed Henri Saivet will not figure because the time is right for him to leave, said: “We will see what we have got for the cup game.”