Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said coronavirus has goosed some of the coronavirus cases at the club.
have been struggling due to the outbreak of coronavirus and many players and staff tested positive for the virus including center-back
and fellow defenders
, and striker
who has been out of action since November 21.
Asked if the ongoing situation was getting him down, head coach Bruce replied:
“I’m not getting down about it. I know how difficult to handle players and staff who have had it. They are absolutely goosed, some of them. That becomes the problem I’m faced with. It’s a difficult thing to manage.
“All of a sudden now, the canteen is closing, we might be thinking about dressing rooms to close again, all of this where the protocols are very difficult to adhere to.
“We can’t have a team meeting, we can’t have a video analysis meeting, we can’t do this, we can’t do that. It becomes very, very difficult.
“The most difficult thing for me is we were struck down a month ago and we are still suffering. We have still got our best player arguably (Saint-Maximin) struggling with it and it’s been seven or eight weeks.
“We’ve got people like Fede (Fernandez), arguably the best pro we’ve got on our books, struggling with it, still. That’s the difficult thing, that people don’t understand.
“Most people are OK, but some aren’t and it becomes very difficult. The captain, for example, couldn’t raise a leg at 45 minutes against Arsenal. He was in a state.
“It has been a difficult situation and that’s what I get down with.