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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on new Davis deal, Jedinak's hat-trick, QPR and The Ashes

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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on new Davis deal, Jedinak's hat-trick, QPR and The Ashes

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV ahead of tomorrow's QPR match.

His views in full are below.

On Keinan Davis renewing his contract this week...

It's great news – he's been a real success story this season.

What a remarkable 12 months the kid has had.

We're delighted he's staying with us – he deserves a new contract because of what he's done.

I think it's proof to all the youngsters here what can be achieved.

Keinan has grasped the nettle and has made himself Aston Villa's centre forward in a matter of weeks.

Considering our injury problems, the young players are going to be key to us over the coming weeks.

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On Mile Jedinak's hat-trick that sent Australia to the World Cup...

We're delighted for Mile.

I never thought in a month of Sunday's he'd score a hat-trick.

He's nailed two penalties in an tense atmosphere.

For me, because the hours that he's put in to get over the awful problem with his groin, most of the time on his own, he deserves all the accolades.

It might even put a smile on his face!

A hat-trick to send his country to the World Cup – what a fantastic few days he's had.

On Callum O'Hare making his international debut for England U20s...

It's great news – and he made the goal, too.

He's another one of the young players we've had in and around the squad.

It's vitally important that we keep producing them.

On injuries...

It's a shame that I have bad news on Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan in particular.

Hogan has had an operation on a stomach problem due to a blockage.

He was operated on, on Thursday, so he'll be out for the forseeable future.

Kodjia is the biggest problem we've got.

He broke down in training with the Ivory Coast last Wednesday.

Read more: Injury update – Kodjia, Hogan, Terry, Snodgrass, Green and Agbonlahor

He'll see a specialist over the weekend in France, and another one on Monday.

It's fair to say it's not looking good and we fear the worst a little bit.

We'll get the opinions of the doctors.

We don't know any timescales just yet – just that it's not great.

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On John Terry's progression...

He's two weeks into it and in my experience it usually takes between eight and 10 for what he's got. He'll do his best.

But generally the international break hasn't been kind to us.

We've lost a few of our big players – it's never what you want.

On Snodgrass and Onomah's fitness...

Snoddy trained again on Thursday and Josh is ok.

We put Snoddy through his paces yesterday and I'll have a conversation with him today.

A few weeks ago he did well to play – not many would play with a fractured rib.

He wanted to play, and we'll see how he is for tomorrow.

On longer-term injuries, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andre Green...

Andre is in America with Under Armour at their state-of-the-art facility. He's doing well.

Gabby is just about starting his recovery – he had a nasty tear of his calf.

It could be vitally important that he gets the bit between his teeth again because we're now a bit short in that area.

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On making a better start to the post-international period...

We've been disappointed with how we've started previously.

It's something I've looked at – something I'll decide on.

The big thing is preparation. 

With players like Mile Jedinak, he'll fly into London today and we'll meet him down there.

Elmohamady has also been half way around the world, to Africa, so we'll also see how he is.

We've got options and it's fair to say we need to be better. 

We've not been great the last few times so it's vitally important that we put in a performance tomorrow.

On having a long period without international football now...

This is where the division could be won and lost.

It's a big, big period for us these next five months.

It's just about to start and it's all to play for.

On Queens Park Rangers...

I've seen them a couple times and they've been good.

They've beaten Wolves and Sheffield United – two of the top teams in the division.

An Ian Holloway team at Loftus Road will always be up and at you.

There'll be plenty of energy and desire.

Ian is slowly turning things around there – it's going to be a difficult game.

On the upcoming Ashes series...

I saw Ian Bell this week and we did some good stuff for a charity.

I'm into my cricket – I've always enjoyed it.

The Ashes will be under way in a week.

We've got to beat them – Ben Stokes will be a big miss for the team but let's hope we can do it without him.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 17th November 2017