Miguel Almiron scored his first goal for Paraguay in last night’s friendly against Jordan. However, he was noticeably limping after he collided with the opposing goalkeeper and then the far post. He was also seen holding his right knee later on.
— Fútbol Guaraní (@guarani_futbol) September 10, 2019
He finished out the game so it may be nothing to worry about. However, Steve Bruce doesn’t expect Miguel to return to Newcastle until tomorrow at the earliest.
When assessing his squad for Saturday at Liverpool, this is what Steve Bruce said about the Paraguayan:
“Almiron, obviously, is the most difficult one, so we hope we can get him back on Thursday or Friday. Let’s see what condition he’s in.”
If Miguel is unable to feature, Steve will have limited options in attack for the match. With Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Matt Ritchie likely all sidelined until October, who would come on to replace Almiron?
There are really no options that we can think of unless Bruce decides to move Jetro Willems further up the pitch and shift Christian Atsu to the right flank. He may have to resort to bringing in a youngster from the U23s, though if he didn’t do that in the Carabao Cup match, then it seems unlikely now.
One of the criticisms of the club’s transfer business this summer was how risky it was. A lot of unknowns had to fall into place to avoid a possible calamity. By starting this campaign with Gayle and Carroll sidelined, it was a role of the dice that others would remain fit.
The fitness jeopardy in attack has already caused Bruce selection issues this year. Now, after the international break, his options will be even scarcer if Almiron is unable to participate at the weekend.