Ritchie has been ruled out with injury, and could miss weeks of action for Newcastle.
But Bruce wants Ritchie to still be around the training ground, as his spirit and professionalism is an example to the rest of his teammates.
“His attitude, the way he trains, the way he works, looks after himself, the way he is as a pro is right up there as good as you can get,” Bruce said.
“He will be a big miss so he will have a break for a little bit and then we will have him back around the place because he has an abundance of enthusiasm and that rubs off on others. He’s terrific every day.”
Bruce's appointment at Newcastle appears to be have been good news for Ritchie, as The Sun claim that Rafael Benitez had told him he was free to leave.
Bruce had made Ritchie a key part of his line-up, with the Scottish international starting at left wing-back over the early part of the campaign.
It seems likely that Ritchie’s injury will provide summer Newcastle signing Jetro Willems with the chance to stake his claim for a starting place.
Willems has made a mixed start to life at Newcastle, as he looks to adapt to Premier League football.
The Dutchman has looked bright going forward, but has shown some signs of weakness defensively.
Newcastle are next in action against Liverpool after the international break.
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