Steve Bruce provides Newcastle injury update before Oxford

Newcastle vs Oxford

Newcastle United will play host to Oxford in the 4th round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Magpies will no doubt be keen to avoid a repeat of their first FA Cup 3rd round tie this year, which was also against lower-league opposition.

Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw by Rochdale on January 4th, before eventually beating them 4-1 in a replay last week.

The North East outfit have not made it past the 4th round for a staggering 14 years, reaching the quarter-final in the 2005/06 campaign.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United goes off injured during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton FC at St. James Park on December 08, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Newcastle injury update

Ahead of what should be a fairly routine win for Newcastle, Steve Bruce held his latest press conference on Friday the 24th of January.

When speaking to the media, Bruce gave an injury update on several players.

The Newcastle boss confirmed that Joelinton is fine, and Allan Saint-Maximin will be involved vs Oxford.

But Saturday’s tie may come too soon for Andy Carroll:

“Joelinton is fine. He got a kick on his ankle so we think he’s going to be OK.

“Saturday might be too quick for Andy Carroll but Saint-Maximin will be involved. It would have been too much to ask him to play twice last week so he will be in contention as well.”

Newcastle would also confirm that new signing Valentino Lazaro will not be available for the Oxford clash.

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