The Magpies head coach has lamented the lack of various key gamers amid the coronavirus disaster as his aspect bids to keep away from relegation
Steve Bruce has blamed Covid-19 for Newcastle’s Premier League slide, insisting they “had been doing very properly” earlier than the pandemic struck down various his gamers.
Newcastle had been pushing for a top-half end earlier than an outbreak of coronavirus throughout the first-team squad in December, and have since been dragged right into a tense relegation battle alongside the likes of Fulham, Brighton and Burnley.
Bruce says his staff have but to completely get better from that setback, with recent accidents to key trio Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron including to his choice points forward of a gathering with Aston Villa on Friday.
What’s been stated?
Bruce instructed a pre-match press convention of Newcastle’s poor kind in 2021: “We had been doing very, very properly till Covid.
“Nevertheless it turned an actual huge drawback and now we’re with out three huge gamers who we’ve spent some huge cash on.”
What number of Newcastle gamers have been laid low with Covid-19?
Greater than a dozen first-team gamers examined optimistic for coronavirus over the festive interval because the Magpies launched into a depressing 11-match winless streak.
Jamal Lewis and Federico Fernandez had been amongst these compelled to quarantine for 10 days, whereas Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles had been dominated out for prolonged durations after struggling longer-term results from the virus.
Can the Magpies beat the drop?
Even though Newcastle have solely gained two of their final 18 video games throughout all competitions, they nonetheless have their very own future of their palms with 11 fixtures of the 2020-21 top-flight marketing campaign remaining.
Bruce’s aspect are one level away from 18th-placed Fulham having performed a sport much less, with West Brom and Sheffield United eight and 12 factors from security respectively.
Fulham are being tipped to haul themselves out of hassle after a powerful current run, however Bruce has promised to do all the things in his energy to steer the Magpies to security.
“There’s little question that Fulham have had an exquisite couple of weeks,” stated Bruce. “However there are 11 video games left, there’s lots to play for and all the underside six or seven groups are wanting over their shoulders.
“There’s an extended method to go however as I’ve stated many, many, occasions, the buck stops with me. I will strive all the things I presumably can, with all of the expertise I’ve received, to verify we keep right here [in the Premier League].”