Allan Saint-Maximin is back training and slowly ramping up his involvement in the sessions. However, don’t expect to see him back too quickly. Steve Bruce will go the ultra-cautious route with the 22-year-old winger.
BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck has tweeted the following clip of Steve Bruce talking about the Frenchman.
"The crucial thing for me is the management of him now is key to us… we'll just make steady progress, and hope he's right by, obviously, the end of the month."
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) January 10, 2020
If we’re looking at the end of the month for Saint-Maximin’s return, that will put the Norwich City match at St James Park on February 1st in play. What a massive match that could turn out to be for our fate this season.
Allan could miss the remaining five games this month if we include the Fourth Round of The FA Cup against Oxford, which we hope to advance to with a win against Rochdale on Tuesday.
This is the right move by Steve Bruce. Allan’s hamstring has gone twice this season. The last thing we need is for it to become a chronic issue that plagues him in the future.
Hopefully, Newcastle will have enough firepower to pick up some points at Wolves, at home against Chelsea, and at Everton as well as advancing to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.
We also hope to see a couple of signings in by the time Allan is projected to return.
Some more points on the board, an FA Cup run, a couple of forwards brought in, and Allan Saint-Maximin returning could make February 1st a day to look forward to.
Of course, our fortunes could turn farther south by then, but we’ll try to be as positive as we can for the moment.