Bruce confirms Yedlin injury blow, just as Manquillo flops

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

Newcastle United suddenly face some issues at right back.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

Newcastle United's defeat to Arsenal showed up some deficiencies in Steve Bruce's side, even if it was a narrow defeat to a top four contender.

The Magpies fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's winner at St James' Park, and Bruce has plenty to think about ahead of facing Norwich City this coming weekend.

He'll have felt confident about his right back options just about a week ago, but he's now suddenly facing some issues in that area of the pitch.

 

DeAndre Yedlin was in training, Javi Manquillo had emerged as a surprise pre-season star and Emil Krafth arrived from Amiens before the transfer deadline.

Now though, the situation isn't looking quite so good. For one thing, Bruce has confirmed to the Shields Gazette before facing Arsenal that the American will be out for another three or four weeks after a groin injury.

That's only when he's scheduled to be back, but match fitness is another matter, so it could be some time until we see Yedlin in a Newcastle shirt again, with Bruce admitting it's a 'worry'.

DeAndre Yedlin during the Newcastle United Training session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on August 05, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Pre-season ace Manquillo then struggled against Arsenal, with fans critical of his performance, maybe highlighting that the Spaniard still isn't quite good enough to be a starting Premier League right back despite his strong summer.

Add in that Krafth has only just arrived and Bruce won't want to throw the Swede in at the deep end, and what looked like a solid, almost over-stocked position suddenly looks to have some problems.

The hope will be that Manquillo can recapture his pre-season form against Norwich, that Krafth can get up to speed quickly and that Yedlin's recovery goes well, so that Bruce has all three ready to play – but that in itself will cause an issue, with three players fighting for one spot when fit and firing.

Javier Manquillo of Newcastle United (19) wins the ball over Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal (8) during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on...

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