The former Tottenham frontman's £24million departure for Aston Villa earlier this week, coupled with Danny Welbeck's knee surgery, has left Bruce with just one recognised striker, record signing Asamoah Gyan.
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Welbeck is likely to be sidelined for six weeks after having a torn cartilage repaired, while skipper Lee Cattermole (back), Michael Turner, Fraizer Campbell and David Meyler (all knee) and John Mensah (ankle) are still out.
Provisional squad: Gordon, Mignolet, Onuoha, Bardsley, Richardson, Angeleri, Ferdinand, Bramble, Da Silva, Zenden, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Reid, Colback, Gyan, Adams, Cook, Reed.
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