Date: 21st September 2019 at 10:50am
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head coach Bruce has revealed that utility man has suffered a disappointing setback in his recovery from injury.

The international went down in ’ Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City last month, but was believed to have been making good progress in his comeback.

Bruce has now shed light on the latest news with the 30-year-old: “Ritchie was doing really, really well, and had a little bit of a [setback],” he said, as per the Shields Gazette.

“He was doing too much, basically.”

OPINION

This is a real shame for Newcastle. The former man is a crucial player for the Magpies, and his work rate and technical ability has been much missed while he’s been out. It’s good news that he was recovering well, that suggests he can rebound from this latest setback and come back into the team without too much delay. Unfortunately, he has clearly misjudged his recovery on this occasion. He’s tried to do too much in a bid to hasten his return to Bruce’s starting eleven, and all he’s ended up doing is prolonging his own absence from the first team set up. That’s a real shame for the Magpies fans, Bruce and Ritchie himself. However, it’s a setback that is lessened by how well summer signing has settled into life in English football. The Dutchman obviously got that stunning goal against last time out and has been filling in well for Ritchie at left wing back. Still, the latter’s setback remains a blow to Newcastle.