Newcastle United without four for Aston Villa test


It’s looking set to be a great week for Newcastle United.

A decision is expected to be revealed about their prospective £300million takeover by Amanda Staveley and the Saudi-backed consortium.

It’s the news that supporters are waiting for, but things are starting to look up on the pitch as well.

A 3-0 victory over Sheffield United eased their relegation worries quite significantly and has ensured that the Magpies are brimming with confidence as they prepare to welcome Aston Villa to St James’ Park.

Unfortunately for Steve Bruce’s side, he’s set to be without four key players with Sean and Matty Longstaff sitting out alongside Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark for the clash.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Bruce said: “I don’t think we’ll have anyone back (for the Villa game).

“We’ve seen the young Longstaff, we’ve seen Matty train yesterday for the first time.

“Sean is still niggling around, but with muscle injuries, we’re just erring on the side of caution.

“If you bring them back and all of a sudden they’re going to miss three weeks, then it’s over with.

“So we’re just erring on the side of caution and give them an extra few days if they need it.


“But Matty trained yesterday so we’ll see how he is.”

Bruce added: “Flo (Lejeune) is out on the grass doing a little bit, but unfortunately Ciaran (Clark), who has had an operation on his ankle, is a bit sore.

“They’re not joining in at the moment.”

GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…

Newcastle United’s confidence will be sky high going into the clash with Aston Villa.


Despite all of the takeover uncertainty, the Magpies recorded an excellent 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at the weekend.

That victory has all-but secured their Premier League status for next season, while also putting them within touching distance of the top 10.

Villa are in poor form at the moment and look like favourites to be relegated this term, so Bruce will be hoping that his side can pick up where they left off against the Blades by getting another three points.

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