FABIAN SCHAR will have a scan on his injured shoulder later today, but Steve Bruce insists the Swiss defender’s latest injury setback will not affect his transfer plans ahead of this evening’s 11pm deadline.

Schar was unable to complete Saturday’s 3-1 win over Burnley, and there are fears he has suffered a recurrence of the serious shoulder problem that kept him out for the best part of four months over the summer.

Losing the centre-half for a similar spell again would be a major blow, but with Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark all expected to return to training within the next seven days, Bruce is reluctant to enter the market today for a new centre-half.

Similarly, while Newcastle were linked with possible moves for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Theo Walcott over the weekend, Bruce does not expect to be involved in any loan activity today unless an especially appetising proposition comes his way.

“We’ve got enough, even though the injuries we’re picking up are to our centre-backs,” said the Newcastle boss. “I don’t think I’ll be jumping into the market unless something mouthwatering comes along which appeals to us.

“I’ve been very pleased with what we’ve done before the season started, which was imperative for me. I’m relaxed about the whole thing.

“We’ll not know about Fab Schar until we scan him. Obviously, we hope has hasn’t disrupted his shoulder again, where he’s just had surgery. He needs a bit of luck there, but I can’t see me being in the market, unless something really, really special comes along on loan. I don’t think at this particular moment that we’ll be doing any more business.”

Newcastle’s only piece of incoming business could well be the arrival of Peruvian youngster Rodrigo Vilca, with the 21-year-old having agreed a move from Deportivo Municipal in his homeland for around £250,000.

Vilca was recently called up to the senior Peruvian national squad, but he will initially work with Newcastle’s Under-23 set-up rather than being integrated straight into the first-team group.

“We hope the young Peruvian player will arrive, although he will be for the academy to start with,” said Bruce. “He’s not really going to be involved with the first team. We’ve had a young 17-year-old with us this week, and he’s done very well. He would be one for the academy too.”

Newcastle’s main focus today will be on trying to move out some of their fringe players, although loans to clubs in the Football League can still be signed off until October 16.

DeAndre Yedlin has been linked with a possible move abroad, while Christian Atsu is the subject of interest from Watford and Nottingham Forest, both of whom are hoping to set up loan deals.

Ideally, Newcastle would also like to move on Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Rolando Aarons, with all three players currently contracted to June 2021 even though they have no chance of making it into Bruce’s 25-man Premier League squad.