Steve Bruce has issued an injury update during his press conference for Sunday’s match at Tottenham. This is what he has said about how some of the players are progressing:
“We hope that Allan Saint-Maximin is going to be OK. It’s still too early for Andy Carroll or Dwight Gayle, but Christian Atsu has been on the pitch this week. It was good to see him and see what he’ll offer us. Joelinton is fine.”
Bruce further added about Allan Saint-Maximin who missed out last week at Norwich:
“Saint-Maximin trained yesterday, and we’ll see how he is, if there’s been a reaction, today and tomorrow.”
It’s good news on Joelinton, and he was photographed at training earlier in the week, so he will be fine for Sunday. Also, Christian Atsu is back training which will add another option for Steve Bruce once declared fully fit.
However, there is still uncertainty with Allan Saint-Maximin. He trained yesterday and will join the full training session today. The club is right to take a cautious approach with Allan. They’ll wait and see how he recovers today and tomorrow before making a decision on him.
Allan Saint-Maximin– getting closer to full fitness
We would prefer them to just leave him behind for Sunday’s game. It’s not worth the risk with a hamstring and the type of player Allan is.
Also Newcastle are not going to change the formation for Sunday, so it will most likely be Joelinton and Miguel Almiron up front again.
This is what Bruce said about the tactics during his press conference this morning:
“We may tinker a bit and change a couple of things. It’s too early to change formations.”
The team has been short of attacking options off the bench for the first two games of the season. While it would be nice to have Allan Saint-Maximin there as an impact substitute, we just don’t think it is worth the risk.