Newcastle United: Matt Ritchie says when they face West Brom that there are ‘no second thought’

Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie says the group have “no reasons” when they have West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, regardless of a Covid-19 flare-up.

Their Premier League game at Aston Villa last Friday was delayed after a “huge increment” in cases.

The Magpies’ preparation ground resumed on Tuesday in the wake of being closed for longer than seven days.

“The game is ideally on, I think, and we are planning as we generally do,” Ritchie, 31, revealed to NUFC TV on Thursday.

“We need to take the positives. We had seven days off to prepare at home and have new legs going into a group of great games.

“The young men have returned positive feelings. It’s been somewhat of a troublesome time for everybody, the vulnerability, however it’s satisfying to be back. The young men have tried sincerely and we’re chomping at the bit to go.”

Director Steve Bruce, whose group are thirteenth in the table, is set to address the media on Friday.

After Saturday’s match (15:00 GMT kick-off), Newcastle travel to confront Leeds United in the group on Wednesday.

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