Steve Bruce has dropped an injury blow for Newcastle United ahead of their trip to Manchester United on Sunday evening.
Speaking in his pre-game press conference ahead of the match against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at Old Trafford, the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss has confirmed with regards to Federico Fernandez that ‘Man United will be too soon for him’.
Should Fernandez be starting for Newcastle?
The Argentina international, who is currently earning £45,000 per week at the Magpies, has missed the last seven games in total in the Premier League with a thigh muscle strain and the St. James’ Park faithful will have to try and cope without him again in what will be a very tough contest against the Red Devils.
Fernandez a big miss to Newcastle
Fernandez is a big miss for the Tyneside club, as the central defender has won no fewer than 4.1 of his duels per match in the top flight so far in the 2020/21 term and also averaging 5.6 clearances and 1.5 tackles a game (Sofascore).
The 31-year-old is a leader at the back for Steve Bruce’s men, and would have been a vital figure in terms of keeping his team organised against the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani.
Nonetheless, the North East side will have to find a way to try and get something out of the clash without him.
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