Date: 27th August 2019 at 10:10am
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Jamaal Lascelles has been classed as extremely doubtful for ’s game against City by manager Steve Bruce.

’ captain was forced off the field towards the end of ’s 1-0 victory over on Sunday, being replaced by Federico Fernandez.

Bruce confirmed in his pre-match press conference as quoted on Newcastle’s official Twitter account that Lascelles was to be assessed before the game on Wednesday.

“Jamaal’s got a calf (injury),” he confirmed.

“We’ll see how he is, but he’s extremely doubtful.”

The 25-year-old was a mainstay under in the previous two seasons in the , making 32 starts in back-to-back campaigns.

OPINION

This will be a massive miss for Newcastle, but it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Magpies. With Wednesday’s game being in the second round of the Carabao Cup, Bruce will surely be set to make changes to his , rotating his options so some senior players can have a rest after a hectic start to the season. With the international break also around the corner after the Magpies play in the Premier League the weekend after Wednesday’s clash, the two-week break will be the perfect opportunity to rest. Lascelles is an integral part of Bruce’s plans as he captain – having featured in all three games so far. The 25-year-old has 2.7 interceptions and 5.7 clearances so far this season according to WhoScored – and will continue to play a pivotal role in the heart of defence should Newcastle continue their progression from Rafael Benitez and finish in mid-table this season.