Gabriel Agbonlahor has called on Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser and his teammates to step up in the absence of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker admitted “Steve Bruce will be fuming” after the pair were both ruled out until April.
Newcastle confirmed on Tuesday morning that Almiron suffered a knee injury and Saint-Maximin picked up a knee injury in their 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday.
They will now miss the Magpies’ crucial games with West Brom, Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion but could return against Spurs after the international break.
The attacking pair join Callum Wilson on the treatment table at St. James’ Park and the three are responsible for 16 of Newcastle’s 27 league goals.
“Steve Bruce will be fuming,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’ll want them to be available because when you’ve got them in the team they’re a different team and a better team.
“But it gives a chance to the likes of Fraser and these players to step up, they owe their manager.
“Fraser owes Steve Bruce. He’s brought him in on a free transfer and given him great money.
“He’ll be looking at those players to step up.”
Fraser, 28, registered just his third league assist of the campaign against Wolves at the weekend when he replaced Almiron at half-time.
In 120 Premier League games at Bournemouth, the Scotsman scored 16 goals and provided 29 assists.