We thought Lucas had an injury says boss

Steve Bruce has defended Lucas Joao after the striker reacted angrily to being substituted just before the hour-mark in the home win over Swansea on Saturday.

The Sheffield Star reported that Bruce said afterwards: “I think there was a bit of a mixed message there. We were hearing that he had hurt his knee.

“However, he had gone to the bench to say he wanted strapping around his knee. ”

Bruce added: “I don’t give a jot when a player reacts to coming off. I like it when they are not happy. Who is happy when they are pulled off? But I did genuinely think he had an injury.”


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