Newcastle have banned their players from shaking hands with each other amid the fear ofÂ coronavirus.
The Magpies have long since had a training-ground tradition whereby players and staff greet one another with a handshake every morning.
But Steve Bruce revealed: â€˜We have a ritual where we shake hands every morning. Weâ€™ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor.
â€˜We have a superb doctor here and heâ€™ll keep us informed. Weâ€™re glued to the TV and let us hope it doesnâ€™t get any worse in this country.â€™
Newcastle have recent experience of trying to contain a virus after an outbreak of a bug over Christmas.
â€˜In confined areas - there was a time over Christmas - when there was a virus knocking around and you have to be careful. Weâ€™re mindful of a bug sweeping through.
â€˜We had it at Christmas where four or five were ill, and you just have to stay at home.â€™
Meanwhile, Bruce is promising a change of system - reverting to four at the back - after two successive defeats and a run of one win in nine matches.
â€˜It (changing formation) is something weâ€™ve worked on,â€™ said Bruce. â€˜It is glaringly obvious we donâ€™t score enough.
â€˜Very early on in the season, it was evident they were quite comfortable in what they had done before (under Rafa Benitez).
â€˜If changing is a new era, then we will try. We were a threat on the counter attack but that has waned over the past few weeks. So you either have to change system or personnel.â€™Â
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