Steve Bruce ‘delighted’ with this Newcastle United player at Wolves as he explains Joe Willock concern

Steve Bruce has revealed his Joe Willock concerns as he hails the performance of ‘stand in’ Jeff Hendrick.

Steve Bruce has revealed the injury suffered by Joe Willock is a hip problem that may ‘take a bit of time’ to heal.

However, he has hailed the performance of ‘stand in’ Jeff Hendrick, who netted on his Premier League return.

“An injury is another player’s opportunity - and Jeff has waited patiently for his, trained well,” said Bruce.

“It is a great strike from Jeff. We are delighted for him but it is a real pity we couldn’t take that big chance that came our way.”

On Willock, head coach Bruce revealed: “He has a hip injury. It may take a bit of time. Let’s hope.

“It’s another one we have picked up but I don’t want to make than an excuse.

“We have got to see where we are with it.

“The international break certainly helps us out in that respect.”