By Michael Brown

20th Feb, 2020 | 12:43pm

'Looks very damning' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to worrying Newcastle player update

Michael Brown insists that Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has enough experience to cope with the loss of defender Ciaran Clark.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, highlighted how many problems the Magpies have had in terms of fitness this season and how they have overcome their issues.

Speaking after the game in north London, Bruce admitted he was not optimistic over the centre-back’s chances of making a swift recovery after seeing him hobble out the ground on crutches.

Having seen Bruce suffer a spate of injury problems over a short space of time earlier this season, Brown insists the boss will find a way to get over another disappointing setback.

Brown told Football Insider: “It doesn’t stop for Steve Bruce regarding the amount of injuries he’s getting. 

“He’s up against it, you’d have said at the start of the season what type of squad, what type of system he’s got, he’s going to struggle. The results that they’ve had, they’ve done extremely well.

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“Through adversity, we’ve seen them losing two players in the first half-an-hour in games, he’s probably getting used to how to adapt, that’s the experience he’s got with the amount of minutes and amount of games that he’s managed.

“He’ll be disappointed to come away with the result, two late goals, it looks very damning at Arsenal (with the injury) but you’ve still got to say positives going forward.”

Clark has featured 17 times for the Magpies this season, establishing himself as a regular among the starting XI in recent games.

Newcastle are well stocked when it comes to centre-backs, with Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune at Bruce’s disposal.

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