Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle will be without Allan Saint-Maximin for at least the next month with his latest hamstring injury. This could mean that Allan will miss the following six fixtures:
- Burnley (A) – December 14, 2019
- Crystal Palace – December 21, 2019
- Manchester United (A) – December 26, 2019
- Everton – December 28, 2019
- Leicester City – January 1, 2020
- Boston/Rochdale (A – FA Cup) – January 4, 2020
It also puts the match at Wolves on the 11th of January in serious doubt as well. This is the worst possible time for a player to suffer a four-week long layoff as they miss so many games.
Allan underwent his scan yesterday. While the news is not good, the report states that Newcastle were concerned that it would be much worse. So hopefully the four-week prognosis is being conservative and that he could maybe be back sooner.
However, what we don’t want to see is for Saint-Maximin to suffer the same fate as Matt Ritchie with multiple setbacks in his return from an ankle injury. Ritchie went from an initial two-month prognosis to what is likely to be a full four months on the sidelines.
While Allan’s is just a muscle injury and Matt suffered ligament damage, Newcastle need to make sure the Frenchman is ready to return before he comes back. Saint-Maximin also came back from a slight hamstring injury in August which aggravated the problem causing him to miss over a month.
We would expect that Christian Atsu will come in for Allan on the left. The 27-year-old has played very well in limited action this season. He leads the team with 3 assists but hasn’t started since the match at Leicester City at the end of September.
It’s time for the team to band together, and we hope this doesn’t affect our form too much. This is a massive blow, but it’s time for other players to step up to fill the void that Allan’s absence will leave.