Bruce’s press conference this morning was a bit of a microcosm of the season with a high followed by an extreme low. Bruce confirmed that Callum Wilson will be available for Sunday’s crucial match at Burnley.
However, he followed that positive update with the disappointing news that Jamaal Lascelles could be lost for the season with a stress fracture in his foot.
The captain has given an interview this afternoon to NUFC TV about his latest injury setback. It looks like it’s come out of the blue for the skipper.
He revealed that he felt some discomfort in his foot last week but only found out the extent of the issue yesterday after training. Here is what Jamaal, who was wearing a boot on his right foot, said about his injury:
“It’s obviously frustrating to hear the news. I think leading up to the Tottenham game I was feeling a bit of pain in my foot. During the game, it was sore but not sore enough where I thought it was a stress fracture.
“I trained yesterday and it was pretty sore. I went for a scan and the doctor told me that’s what it is – a stress fracture.
“It’s probably the worst news I really could have received. I guess it’s part of football and I have to stay positive for the rest of the team.”
Lascelles has tried to play through the pain barrier in the past. Now the only recipe is for him to rest and allow his foot to heal. He has not ruled out returning for the final few matches this season. However, that will be very unlikely as this is reportedly an eight-week injury.
Though Lascelles said his focus is to be ready to return for the final few matches should he be needed. That also is the best possible timeframe for Fabian Schar who continues to work his way back from his knee injury.
This is what Lascelles said when speaking about the slim possibility of him facing Fulham on the final day of the season:
“I think normally with wearing the boot, I think it’s four weeks in the boot and then four weeks of rehab. Obviously, with six weeks left, you know that will see me until after the season.
“I’ve said to them (the medical staff) even if I’m playing and making it worse if needed to, I’m going to try everything I can to be available for the Fulham game.
“Hopefully, it doesn’t come down to the last game that we need to stay safe. But I’m going to everything I can to make sure I’m available.”