After yesterday’s game, Steve Bruce gave a quick update on the players who were substituted. This is what he said as published in the Shields Gazette.
“It’s too early. Saint-Maximin’s a recurrence of a hamstring, and that’s a nightmare for us, unfortunately. The other ones, we’re not too worried about, although whether they’re going to be ready for Wednesday is another big call.
“Certainly, Saint-Maximin is the most difficult one, because he’s had a recurrence of a hamstring, which is a shame for him. Big Joe has run himself to a standstill, I think. Jamaal has got a calf, but we don’t think it’s too serious.”
For a moment in the second half, it looked like Joelinton had suffered a substantial groin injury. We were worried that he would have to come off. However, Joelinton got treatment on the pitch and was able to soldier on. He was substituted late in the game for Yoshinori Muto, but that looks like it was due to fatigue.
Jamaal Lascelles had to come off after stumbling in the box and injuring his calf. He too received treatment on the sideline but had to be replaced by Federico Fernandez. His injury doesn’t look too serious. We would imagine that Jamaal will be rested for the cup match on Wednesday as Fernandez can come in and do a job.
Allan Saint-Maximin– should not be risked this week
It’s a different story for Allan Saint-Maximin as he had a recurrence of his hamstring injury and was replaced after just 15 minutes. It is a shame for Allan as he had to miss last week’s match also. He will almost certainly miss the two games this week.
The good news is that Christian Atsu is back and was outstanding when he came on for Saint-Maximin. We also have Jetro Willems who can play on the left-wing if necessary. Or Jetro could slot in at left-back, and Matt Ritchie could be moved further up the pitch.
There’s always Miguel Almiron who played on the left last season opposite Ayoze Perez. The versatile Matt Ritchie could move to the right and play the inverted winger role that he has played most of his career.
Steve Bruce will have plenty of options to cover for Saint-Maximin. There is no need to rush him back. Hopefully, he can recover over the next three weeks and be ready for the match at Anfield in mid-September.