Newcastle star to miss Liverpool clash as Steve Bruce shares details of ‘freak’ injury
The midfielder, 21, has become a key player for the Magpies since making his first-team debut last season.
He was linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer, but a deal failed to materialise and he has since featured in every game under Bruce so far.
Unfortunately for the latter, though, Longstaff will be unavailable for tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Bruce said: “Unfortunately, Sean Longstaff turned an ankle in training and won’t be in contention for the weekend.
“We won’t quite know how serious it is for another couple of days, but it’s a blow for us.
“It’s one of them awful ones. He goes to stop a cross and gets his ankle caught. It’s one of those freak ones that unfortunately happen.
“You come off the pitch and we’re all disappointed. We’ve lost a player to a freak accident but that’s what happens in football.”
Andy Carroll has also been ruled out of a return to his old club, with the new Toon striker continuing to recover from ankle surgery.
“For everybody to see him joining in [with training this week), it was good for him and good for the group,” Bruce said.
“I’ve always said it’s very difficult to put a timescale on something like Andy. He’s fit when he’s fit.
“He’s joined in and worked hard, and there’s a smile across his face because he’s comfortable, that’s very good.”
Bruce has a host of injuries to deal with right now; as Longstaff joins not only Carroll, but DeAndre Yedlin, Florian Lejeune, Dwight Gayle, Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and Jack Colback on the sidelines.