Newcastle seem to having a rough season as they suffered a terrible defeat at home when they took on Leicester City. The Magpies lost at home 3-0. Steve Bruce, Newcastle’s boss has now come out to give his take on the matter stating the festive fixture schedule as the cause of his sides mishaps.
Speaking with reporters after the game, Bruce said, “I’ve been involved in the game for 40 years but I’ve not seen anything like that. We lost four players in 20 minutes and gifted them two goals.” Jetro Willems and Javier Manquillo we’re substituted, late in the first half and Jonjo Shelvey at half-time.
When it came time to substitute players, this seem impossible as players were already out on injury. United were left with 10 men for almost all of the second half after Fabian Schar limped off. The boss could clearly be seen frustrated and was later quoted as saying, “asking players to play four games in 10 days is ludicrous and today is the consequence of that.”
Fabian Schar was sidelined after appearing to pull his hamstring, leaving Newcastle to play the remaining 39 minutes with 10 men.
Deandre Yedlin, who replaced Willems, also broke his hand but managed to finish the game. Prior to the game on New Year’s Day, Newcastle were already without defenders Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett and midfielders Matt Ritchie and Allan Saint-Maximin.
The Magpies now have 11 injured players – more than any other Premier League club.