Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce revealed that the Magpies are waiting on news of Fabian Schar’s condition, with the defender set for a scan after being forced off the field in their 3-1 win against Burnley.
Schar has only just returned to action having recovered from surgery on his shoulder over the summer, but the Switzerland international’s comeback was halted by him being forced to leave the field in the second half after he had tried to play on following a knock.
The 28-year-old is a crucial component of Bruce’s backline when he is fully fit, and the quality he adds to the Magpies’ defence was outlined last term where he managed to average 2.1 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 3.3 clearances per game (via Sofascore).
Against Burnley, Schar delivered another solid performance for the 55 minutes that he was on the field, helping to keep both Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes quiet, and indeed Bruce’s side only conceded the equaliser after the centre-back had been withdrawn.
Schar’s injury setback is yet another defensive blow for Newcastle, with the Magpies having already seen the likes of Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles suffer injury issues so far this term, which has seen their squad stretched.
However, speaking to the Shields Gazette after their win against Burnley, Bruce revealed that it was unlikely that the Magpies would dip into the market for defensive reinforcements before the window closes.
He said: “We hope that (Paul) Dummett, (Ciaran) Clark and (Jamaal) Lascelles will be back a week on Monday.
“The injuries we’re picking up are to our centre-backs, though I don’t think I’ll be jumping into the market unless something mouthwatering comes along which appeals to us.
“I’ll not know about Fab Schar until, obviously, we scan him. We hope that he needs a bit of luck there. We hope that he hasn’t disrupted the shoulder where he’s just had surgery.”
Schar is an integral part of Newcastle’s defence when he is fit, playing in 47 league matches since his arrival on Tyneside in 2018, and he showed his importance to the Magpies’ case in the first half of their game against Burnley as he restricted the Clarets’ two big strikers and helped to propel any attempts to allow them to get into their stride.
It would be another huge loss for Newcastle if they were to lose the 28-year-old for a long period, and it is maybe surprising that Bruce dose not want to add to his defensive options given the number of injury issues they have suffered. It is a risk, but the Magpies will hope they get all their players back fit and then can keep them in good condition or they could regret not adding to their squad when they have the chance to do so.
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