We’ve been waiting for Steve Bruce to relent a bit with selecting Allan Saint-Maximin. It seems like Wednesday at Manchester City could be the time the Frenchman gets a much-needed break.
After the 1-1 draw against West Ham, Steve Bruce gave a partial update on the injury situation. It looks like he could be resting Allan mid-week.
Bruce also confirmed that both Sean Longstaff, who was not in the squad today, and Isaac Hayden could miss a significant portion of the rest of this season.
SB: "Unfortunately I don't think I could ask Allan to go again on Wednesday, that's for sure. Our two, arguably, fittest players in Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have both got hamstring injuries. They're not serious but it's two or three weeks which probably rules them out." pic.twitter.com/E0AK2NSXFJ
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 5, 2020
Saint-Maximin is one of four Magpies to start all five games since the season resumed. The others are Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, and Javier Manquillo.
Bruce is still short at center-back, though Florian Lejeune was spotted during training in the lead up to today’s match. How close the Frenchman is to getting back on the pitch is unclear, though.
We expected Danny Rose to be back this afternoon after playing very well in the first three games back. He could be back at right-back against Manchester City to give Javier Manquillo a needed breather.
With the way Emil Krafth has performed over the past two matches, he could get a third straight start at the Etihad on Wednesday.
There’s still plenty of options in attack and at fullback. But the midfield and center of defense is starting to look a little thin. We’ll find out more this week as the lads prepare for Manchester City.