Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Alex Bruce insists that Sean Longstaff’s injury is the “perfect example” of the risk players face as he suggested a month-long absence for the Newcastle United midfielder.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former defender and son of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce admits it is “strange times” for coaches and their squads.

Longstaff, who netted Newcastle’s second goal of their 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, was forced off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury just after the half-hour mark.

The 22-year-old had also played the full 90 minutes of the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Bruce claims that all players are taking a risk when it comes to fitness and injuries right now and that the Newcastle midfielder’s blow is evidence of what could happen.

Bruce told Football Insider: “I’ve seen a few quotes from people, not just at Newcastle but at other clubs, managers getting questioned about selection and things like that.

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“You’ve got to be careful, when you’re playing three games a week for four, five weeks, the one thing you don’t want to be doing is them pull a hamstring and have them miss the whole of the season. You’ve got to monitor them, take advice not just from coaches but from the medical side.

“When you go into games, a bit like Sean Longstaff last night, when you’ve got a bit of soreness or whatever you can nick a thigh, nick a hamstring and all of a sudden you’re out for a month.

“That’s the perfect example, a young lad who’s not played for a while, has a really tough game against Man City where they’re chasing the ball for most of the game and unfortunately has nicked a thigh after playing a lot in a short amount of days.

“These are the risks players and managers have at strange times.”

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