Steve Bruce has revealed that Matty Longstaff misplaced weight throughout his contract dispute with the membership in the summertime – and accidents have delayed his return to senior motion.
Longstaff burst on to the scene with a surprise purpose in opposition to Manchester United final season in a 1-0 win however has performed simply 3 times thus far this season.
The midfielder was excellent within the 0-0 draw with Liverpool, and Bruce was requested why he’d waited to unleash the teenager this time period.
He mentioned: “There is not any disputing that he contract scenario took a toll on him, he misplaced an terrible lot of weight, and the opposite factor was he could not shake off a thigh harm which was bugging all, to be brutally trustworthy.
“In the previous few weeks, he is appeared extra like himself.
“He is needed to wait patiently, however he is reminded us once more of why I put him within the crew within the first place.”
Bruce couldn’t be happier that Longstaff is now exhibiting the promise that resulted in a contract extension.
He mentioned: “I used to be delighted for him particularly.
“What a few video games to come back and play in, Manchester Metropolis away and Liverpool, however he did set the tone.
“He is obtained an incredible angle the child and has given everybody a raise, the individuals round him.”
Longstaff should now wait to see if he’s picked to face Leicester on Sunday.
Bruce added: “Look, he is performed very, very nicely. We’ll see how he recovers.
“As I mentioned, I anxious about him for a very long time over the past couple of months.
“He misplaced a number of weight, did not look himself and he had a horrible niggling harm which niggled away at him and was by no means proper, so we have needed to wait a very long time.”