Danny Mills has admitted that he feels sorry for Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce after the Magpies were dealt another injury blow in Ciaran Clark.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international defender suggested that the 59-year-old has done an admirable job on Tyneside under difficult conditions.
Republic of Ireland defender Clark is the latest Toon star facing a spell on the sidelines after he picked up a complaint against Arsenal last weekend that ultimately saw him leave north London on crutches.
While no specific time frame has been given on his return, Bruce has revealed in recent days that the injury seems to be a “nasty” one.
“You have to feel sorry for Steve Bruce, they’ve had so many bad injury problems,” Mills told Football Insider.
“It seems that every single week another player gets a serious injury and is out for a significant length of time.
“The hope is that a lot of the time these things are precautionary, it swells up, you whack a boot on and after a few days it starts to calm down and maybe it’s not as bad as first feared. That’s what Newcastle have got to hope.
“You just feel sorry for Steve Bruce, I think he’s done a fabulous job with what’s been available. It’s very, very difficult for him.”
Clark has been a favourite of Bruce’s this season, making 17 appearances across all competitions and scoring twice.
The 30-year-old joined the Toon Army in 2016 for a fee of around £5.4 million from Aston Villa, and has made 89 appearances in all competitions since then.
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