Newcastle boss Steve Bruce on why he left out Jeff Hendrick out of starting XI
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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce on why he left out Jeff Hendrick out of starting XI

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has given a reason for leaving out Jeff Hendrick in his starting lineup.

Hendrick who joined Newcastle from Burnley in the summer transfer window has been starting games until Saturday's game against Chelsea.

“Any decision that you make is obviously going to be scrutinised – and rightly so,” Bruce said.

“I just thought Isaac was ready. Jeff’s played a hell of a lot, non-stop for the past two months, and what I wanted was the ability of Isaac.

"Had it taken the chance, maybe it was handball, but he had a big chance in the game, then maybe it would’ve been different.

"You make these decisions, these calls. I just thought Isaac was right for the game against Chelsea.”

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