None of the four strangers were involved in the 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Friday night and Bruce says he hopes they have managed to isolate the virus and take him away from the rest of the Newcastle squad.
“It’s been a tough week,” Bruce said before being asked to avoid an outbreak. “We sincerely hope so. It is very difficult by the minute. We have three confirmed players and unfortunately a member of my staff. ”
“It’s a concern and difficult to manage. We do our best to make sure we try to stay as safe as possible.
“Of course my concern is not only the well-being of the players, which is vitally important, but also my staff. We will do our best but it is difficult at the moment. “
Newcastle’s late parade stuns the palace
Callum Wilson and Joelinton scored late goals as Newcastle returned to victory with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Friday night.
Just as Palace and Newcastle looked doomed to a stalemate at Selhurst Park, Joelinton’s smart flick freed Wilson on goal, and the forward marked his return from his hamstring injury with a calm finish in the legs of Vicente Guaita to give the Magpies the first two. minutes of time.
Palace’s weak hopes of recovering anything from the game died down in the last minute as Joelinton made up for a host of missed opportunities earlier when his shot deflected Gary Cahill to seal Newcastle victory.
Joelinton’s late exploits saw the striker end a 16-game scoreless or unassisted Premier League streak with both, as Steve Bruce’s side edged Roy Hodgson’s palace to 10th place of the table before the matches of the weekend.