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Bruce hopeful new signings can get run out against Oxford

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is hoping to give his new signings a run out on Saturday Credit: PA Images

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is hoping to throw two of his new signings straight into action this weekend against League One Oxford.

The Magpies take on Oxford in their FA Cup fourth round clash at St James' Park on Saturday.

Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who completed his loan move on Tuesday, is expected to be involved.

Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro could be joining him if the paperwork for his loan spell is finalised in time.

Bruce said he was pleased the club was able to fend off interest from other clubs to make the signings.

He said: "I think it's fair to say that we've managed to hold off a couple of clubs, because once he became available then somebody of his pedigree was always going to have a few options, and thankfully he's chosen us.

"He's here, we're hoping that we can get the paperwork and everything done so he can play tomorrow."

He'll give us an extra something going forward. He can play in a few positions but ultimately he is an out-and-out wide player who can give us another something else down the right-hand side.

– Steve Bruce

The new signings come at a crucial time for the Magpies, who have had an ever-expanding injury list recently.

Wing-back Emil Krafth is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage, while central defender Florian Lejeune, whose stoppage-time double secured a point against Everton, suffered a groin injury.

Bruce said: "Emil, unfortunately, is going to miss the next six weeks. He battled on valiantly the other night but it was a bad challenge he came under and he's done his ankle ligaments.

"Flo picked up a groin injury scoring either the first one or the second one the other night."

Newcastle will be roared on by a capacity crowd of 52,000 as they attempt to get past third tier opposition for the second successive round.

Bruce, who alluded to Tranmere's third round replay victory over Premier League Watford on Thursday night, said: "We've got to respect Oxford for what they are, and they turned us over a couple of years ago handsomely, and as we saw last night in the FA we must guard against that.

"But it's a wonderful opportunity to get through."

Newcastle's match with Oxford United kicks off at 15:00.