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Steve Bruce Gives Reason For Allan Saint-Maximin Missing Training

In his press conference for the Norwich match on Saturday, Steve Bruce has given an update on injuries. There is a bit of a surprise inclusion to the injury list. That is that Allan Saint-Maximin is suffering from a hamstring problem.

It was noticed a few days ago that Allan was missing from the training photos the club had released. It appears that after training earlier in the week, Allan had some hamstring discomfort and he was kept out of training the past few days.

In those photographs, we also noticed that Jonjo Shelvey was involved. He had been substituted with a knee problem against Arsenal.

This is what Steve Bruce has said about both Shelvey and Saint-Maximin:

“I think Jonjo Shelvey’s going to be OK, touch wood. At this moment, we have a problem with Saint-Maximin – we don’t know how bad his hamstring is but it was a bit tight after training on Monday or Tuesday. We’ll see how he is today.”

It would be a bit of a blow not to have Allan Saint-Maximin available for the Norwich match. He was able to come on in the final thirty minutes against Arsenal and cause them some problems. However with it being a hamstring, he should not be risked at all if there is any doubt whatsoever.

Steve has also given the following update on Andy Carroll’s progress:

“He’s done a bit of running on the grass. He’s still four or five weeks away, but I’m sure he’s going to have a big part to play.”

Four to five weeks is about the timeframe that had been recently reported for Andy’s return. It was said that the September 14th match at Liverpool was a target date. It appears that he is progressing well and let’s hope he makes his return for Newcastle in that game at Anfield.

60 comments so far

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    When will the brains trust realise that the fans displeasure comes from more than Rafa leaving, that was just the final straw for some

    Trying to smear Rafa after he’s gone looks weak and pathetic and shows how out of touch they are.

    Makes me wonder if these rumours are true and Ashley is bricking it.

  • posada

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Is Ashley bricking it. Any clues.
    I don’t do twitter etc.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally I doubt it as he’s shown himself to be a sociopath, but anything that threatens his only love in life Sports Direct will get him to act with speed.

  • Reilly

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Craig Hope
    · 39m
    Steve Bruce says he did bring on Jetro Willems in central midfield last week but changed his mind “very quickly” because it was “unfair” on the player. Willems was moved to left back within one minute of coming on & was one of those at fault for Arsenal’s winner one minute later.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Reilly (above), kinda suggest he doesn’t know what he’s doing eh?

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    One man’s smear campaign is another man
    telling it like it is.
    To be frank I was quite surprised at how little support
    Rafa got from the players when he left.
    In my case it’s the scales falling from my eyes and realising
    the idol had feet of clay.
    Rafa’s lack of communication at seasons end left a sour taste

  • Reilly

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s going to be a long long season lads. 😆

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    ***Not football related***

    But The Toon, then (I’m guessing 70s) and now, same 4 people in the same place.


  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    17 games lost. which is average for finishing 13/14th

    but to me its not how many we lose, its more the manner in which we lose. to me the guy is / was very limited in the way he thought, to him he banged on about goal difference at the end of the season, and in his world, the ONLY way to have a good goal difference was all out defend against everyone, maybe try and attack for the last 10 mins.
    21% possession vs Man C i could accept if the next game home vrs cardiff, brighton, west ham at home we had 55+% taking the game to them,, pick your battles, but no,, we were very predictable in every thing we did under him, team line ups, formation, substitutes, sub timing, down to what he said after the game,, THE FANS WERE AMAZING

    Bruce is already a major step up in many areas

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Micky is that the Esso Northumbria at Swan Hunters in Wallsend ?

  • bill

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Scales falling from eyes should have happened 12 years ago when KK left saying the owner was a liar.

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Yeah it is
    if you look at the background in the recent foto
    They are on the site of Roman Segedunum

  • Spellcheck

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    I despair without maximin in our team. So desperate for an attacking winger to support Joelinton. What a long season it’s going to be.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14

    That Blackcloud mostly posts complete and utter rubbish on his Twitter – if there were any truth at all to any rumours on there it’s highly likely that people would sell to the press rather than some random guy with a couple of thousand followers on twitter – Sorry but don’t think people have hopes on getting Ashley out by believing anything on that account

  • Spellcheck

    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Bruce is a major step up from Rafa… Really???? He proved that in his 1st game replacing Shelvey with Jetro. Tactically clueless is what he is. His Premier league record alone says it all.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Spellcheck don’t feed the trolls 😉

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Bruce will certainly have the advantage of having played against Norwich last season (or at least at the same level).

  • nufc13789

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18


    Final league position 15th
    Final points 45
    League cup 2nd round
    Fa Cup 5th round
    Player of the season Hayden
    Top goal scorer Joelinton
    Number of goal 13

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #19

    It was just a matter of time as he really can’t help himself. having still not lived down the embarrassment of Schtevegate he makes a fully accountable statement that can return to haunt him for the rest of blogddom.
    ”Bruce is already a major step up in many areas”

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Catchy………… Do track records and previous achievements in the game count for anything in your assessment of our new manager against the former one?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa has already explained his silence, the club knew he wasn’t staying, why didn’t they seek to end the contract by mutual consent.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Unfortunately catchy is not a troll, he’s a seriously twisted man who really hasn’t got a clue. Is St Max injured or just in a huff because he was told he won’t be starting tomorrow?

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #23

    One guy says he thinks a manager may do OK
    Another guy says he doesn’t
    The manager flops
    One was right the other was wrong
    No major embarrassment

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #24
  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    I hope Jesperfuglslang makes an appearance this season. I really miss his post match analysis even though he very rarely got to actually see a game due to his long list of domestic duties.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26


    Your just totally blinded by 1 man, you prove every day you dont like football, you like finance and anyone who only dislikes Ashley.

    warped dosnt do full justice

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #27


  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #28

    “Bruce is already a major step up in many areas…”

    Well, there’s a hostage to fortune.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Is it allowed to exchange a squad member for another one if there is a long term injury to a player?
    I was just thinking Aarons in for Atsu would make sense.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #30

    It’s always the grass that’s to blame for the injuries or the lack of better quality grass at the new Training Centre which Ashley has yet to sanction.

    Why not let Andy Caroll and St. Maximin train at SJP after all it’s that new fangled techno grass stuff.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Rafa has never had a rapport with his players at any club; that’s one of his strengths being able to get the best out of players without being too close.
    His silence at the end of his contract was that of a man who was moving on from this pathetic regime.
    Rafa saved Hayden’s career and I think he and the other players are desperate to support Bruce rather than have a go at Rafa but let’s face it, they’re not skilled communicators and often put their foot in it.
    Still can’t believe there are Rafa doubters after the way he galvanised our club. What you saw on Sunday was what we’ve lost; no flags, no atmosphere, no clue, no win!
    Happy days!

  • GosforthMan

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #32


    Final League Position: 15
    Final No. of Points: 40
    League Cup Round: 4
    FA Cup Round: 5
    Player of the Season (Blog): Hayden
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup): Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer: 9


  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #33

    Ron Knee

    He may mean he makes a better cuppa or knows
    more jokes

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #34

    And he’s “one of our own”! (Not many people know that.)

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #35


    Rafa never won in the first 10 games last season and even after that our home record for a time was one of the worst its ever been in the Prem.

    Not calling Rafa, just stating a fact.

    Losing at home to a top 6 side isn’t unique to Bruce.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #36

    Thought this was too good to be true – think we went a full day with people mostly posting football related stuff and no internet heroes or slagging each other off despite many differing views – back to normal today then 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Bruce has set his stall out to play 352 but I wonder how many loses will it take for the safer option of 442 away will be utilised.

    With all players fit it would be possible to go with 433 at home in possession of the ball, but I can not see Maximin dropping back to defend in a 451.

    Hopefully the Championship Coach can pick up the reins from the previous Elite Manager.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #38

    Did anyone mention Bruce’s injury record with players. It makes pardew look like a fitness guru.

  • Rob1971

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Catchy you are accusing Jail of being blinded but so are you in your hatred for Benitez, he is gone so why are you still going on about him, to say Bruce is an improvement is ridiculous his record proves he isnt, he has won nothing in the game, villa fans, mackem fans all hated him, you are simply stating this as we have now got a WORSE manager in charge of the team, you are going down the same route as when your previous manager you hated (Pardew) left, you defended MClaren to the hilt until it was too late

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #40

    Bills Son Is Back,
    It had been yet another summer of turmoil with our number one target coming in late and unfit, once Rondon was fit we were up and running, how are you meant to have a functional football team with Joselu leading the line?


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