Newcastle United return from the international break next Monday night with a clash against Aston Villa at Villa Park, and they have been boosted by the new that their opponents have an injury crisis, according to the Shields Gazette.
The Magpies are starting to find some form after a slow start to the campaign, and the clash with the Villans will be seen as and billed as a six pointer even this early in the season, given the expectations of both sides to struggle this term.
Steve Bruce will take his Newcastle side to his former club off the back of successive wins, results which have pulled the Tyneside outfit away from immediate danger in the Premier League table, and will be looking for another success as he plots to try and win the St James’ Park faithful over.
Achieving such a victory could be made a little easier for the Magpies, with news that Villa could be without their first and second choice goalkeepers for the match.
England international Tom Heaton missed the recent outing against Wolverhampton Wanderers through injury, while his replacement Jed Steer picked up an injury in that clash, and is set to miss out against Newcastle.
Orjan Nyland, a man Bruce will know very well having taken him to Villa Park when he was Villans’ boss, is expected to deputise for the pair, having come off the bench at Molineux recently.
The 29-year-old is a very experienced stopper, and has represented his country Norway on a number of occasions, but he is no longer seen as anything more than back up for Villa, something which will interest the Magpies.
The news is undoubtedly a boost for Newcastle, who will head to Villa Park looking for their third away win of the season, after already picking up maximum points against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United on their travels this term.