Steve Bruce provides update on recent spate of Newcastle injuries

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Padraig Whelan

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The start of the new season has not been kind to Newcastle on the injury front.

Steve Bruce has been missing several players throughout various parts of the campaign to date.

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Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Wolves this weekend, he updated the support on their fitness issues, while also discussing Miguel Almirón’s stop-start season.

“Almirón didn’t play last weekend because he was halfway around the world and didn’t get back until Friday,” Bruce told reporters.

“He’s a top player though and he’s certainly in my thoughts for this weekend.

“Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Matty Longstaff all played with the Under-23s on Monday and benefited from that. Matty will play with them again today.

“Sean Longstaff has been suffering from tonsillitis but has declared himself okay. We’ve got one or two coming back now which is good.

“Isaac Hayden will train today too. He had more of a cramp than a strain so we’ll see how he does but with hamstrings you have to be careful.

“With Karl Darlow, he’s still sore but has improved in the last week. It will go down to the wire for him but thankfully it is an impact injury and not a tear.”

If Darlow doesn’t make it, Bruce admitted that he is prepared to hand Mark Gillespie a Premier League start, despite the summer signing failing to convince in the EFL Cup.

“Karl has waited patiently for his chance and has done well so we hope he can make it but we’ve brought Mark in and he’s done well in the cup,” the manager added.

“We need to see what the next 48 hours bring but Mark is ready to go if he has to make his league debut.”