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.”