Steve Bruce hopeful to have injured trio back for Watford trip

Steve Bruce speaks to his side during Man City game

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce is hoping for a treble injury boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Watford.

Skipper Jamaal Lascelles and frontmen Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron all missed the 5-0 midweek drubbing at Manchester City through injury, but could return at Vicarage Road.

Bruce, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, said: "We'll know a little bit more this afternoon when we train, but I hope Almiron, Saint-Maximin and the skipper will be okay. We'll see how they are after training.

"That would give us a hand. Unfortunately the other night - and I'm not trying to make excuses, we were badly beaten - we had too many of our big players not available and it turned into one of those awful nights for us."

The Magpies were badly beaten on their trip to the Etihad Credit: PA Images

The defeat at the Etihad Stadium was the Magpies' first in the league since their return from lockdown, and Bruce is expecting a response against the Hornets.

He said: "Listen, it's the manner of it. I still thought we could have done better than we did, that's for sure.

"The mark of a good team and the honesty of your team is how you respond to a beating, and I'm sure we will be better.

"We've had a couple of awful results this season and we've responded in the right way and if we take Manchester City out of the equation, since we've been back, we've done okay.

"It's important that we try to finish it off."

Newcastle take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Kick off is at 12:30.