Steve Bruce has been facing reporters ahead of this Friday’s home match against fellow strugglers Leeds.

With Newcastle still to record a win so far this Premier League season, Bruce is under pressure and admitted that he wished he had “a better squad”, but said it was “not possible”.

In more positive news, Bruce revealed that goalkeeper Karl Darlow has recovered from Covid and is available for selection, though ruled other players out.

Here are your Newcastle United headlines for Thursday September 16:

Bruce's squad admission

Steve Bruce admitted he wants “a better squad” with “better Players” but said it is “not possible”.

The Magpies lie in 19th place in the Premier League and are still searching for their first win of the season ahead of Leeds’s visit to St James' Park on Friday night.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Bruce said: "There is the frustration for everybody concerned and I'm the same. Do you not think I want better players?

“Do you not think I want a better squad to choose from and to have the ability to go out and compete at the top end of the transfer market? It's not possible so I have to accept it.”

He added: "I've said now since I walked through the door two years ago, I'm not going to be everyone's cup of tea but I will, with my experience, hope to keep the club just ticking along and make sure that the club stays where it is and we maintain our Premier League status.”

Darlow fitness boost

Newcastle manager Bruce has a decision to make with Karl Darlow fit again ahead of Friday night’s match against Leeds.

While Darlow was out due to Covid, his place has been taken by England Under-21 stopper Freddie Woodman.

However, after Manchester United put four past him Woodman issued a mea culpa on Instagram: “Tough day at the office yesterday. Never been one to avoid responsibility, hold my hands up, wasn’t good enough.”

At today’s press conference Bruce said has not decided yet who will play in goal: "I will make that decision with 24 hours to go.”

When asked about other injuries, Bruce said: "It's too quick for Callum [Wilson], too quick for Jonjo [Shelvey] and too quick for Paul Dummett.

"Ryan Fraser has trained all week.”

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Bliesa on Bruce

Marcelo Bielsa has sympathised with Steve Bruce amid fan frustration in relation to their poor start to the season.

The Whites boss says fan rejection is "one of the worst feelings a manager can have" and has given his own insight into dealing with the early pressures this season.

The Leeds United boss has endured a similar start to the season as the Magpies with both sides yet to win in the Premier League this season.

Tension on Tyneside is mounting and Bruce has already faced calls for him to be sacked from his boyhood club.

Bielsa told Leeds Live: "I always feel saddened when this happens to a manager and the own fans go against them.

"It's one of the worst feelings that a manager can have."