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14:48 19th September 2013

Bruce welcomes back Sagbo, but will check on the fitness of Brady with Koren and Figueroa definitely ruled out....

Steve Bruce will run the rule over Robbie Brady over the next 48 hours as he finalises his preparations for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United.

Brady has picked up a knock and will be assessed before Bruce selects his side for the clash at St James’ Park.

“Robbie has picked up a knock,” said Bruce.

“We’ve got one or two things niggling away at us but we’ll see what we come up with on Friday and see how everybody is on Saturday.”

As revealed on on Thursday morning, Bruce is already without his captain, Robert Koren, who has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a fractured foot, and he will also be without left back Maynor Figueroa, who has been allowed to return home to Honduras on compassionate grounds. But the manager can at least welcome back Yannick Sagbo with the striker having completed a three-match ban. However, defenders Paul McShane and Joe Dudgeon are also ruled out with short-term injuries.

Nick Proschwitz will also be hoping for a place in the squad that travels to Tyneside after scoring four times for the Reserves on Wednesday night. Bruce believes that will have done the German striker’s confidence some good after not featuring in any of the Tigers’ Premier League fixtures so far this season.

“We know Nick has had a difficult start to playing in England, but confidence-wise Wednesday night will have done him the world of good,” added Bruce.

“That was the aim of Wednesday night, to get the strikers playing and scoring a few goals and thankfully Nick scored four.

“That’s great for him and I’m delighted.

“We’ve got Yannick coming back, too, and that will give us a little bit more firepower as well. I’ve said all along that injuries and suspensions are all a part of it and it’s how you cope with it.

“We’re now four games in and potentially losing two or three (players) but also have one coming back from suspension – it’s all part and parcel of it and it’s about how we handle it.”

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