Scotland full-back Andrew Robertson is out for four to six weeks with ankle ligament damage while Liam Rosenior, who came on as a substitute for Robertson against Everton on New Year’s Day, could be out until March with a badly torn hamstring.??
Gaston Ramirez is also out for at least the next month with an abductor problem and Mohamed Diame has also been out for four weeks but Bruce is hopeful the latter might be back in action before too long.??
Speaking after the 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Arsenal, Bruce told Sports News HQ: “Mohamed’s in a leg brace which will come off in a week or so then’s he’s got another 10-12 days of rehabilitation. Last time we played at Arsenal we lost Nikica Jelavic, we lost Michael Dawson and it’s taken us a long time to recover.??
“On Thursday we lost three or four and we have had two players go down with sickness this week and we simply can’t afford to lose any more.”
Bruce was delighted with the contribution of Harry Maguire, who was drafted in to provide defensive cover in the game at the Emirates.
“I thought Harry Maguire had a good game,” he said. “I wouldn’t have paid the money I did if I didn’t think he could play at this level.
“He has been champing at the bit to play. He has had to wait, but I think you saw against Arsenal that he can perform. He looks a very good prospect.”