It was almost inevitable that Allan Saint-Maximin would be injured because he has played so much football in a short period since the Premier League reopened through Project Restart over two weeks ago.
The Frenchman hobbled off at West Ham yesterday afternoon and will now miss the tough game at Manchester City on Wednesday night, 6:00pm kick-off.
That will no doubt limit Newcastle’s attacking options, and Steve Bruce is likely to park the bus just outside the penalty area for that game at the Etihad Stadium.
But at least we take some hope from the fact that Soutnapton beet City 1-0 at home yesterday.
Steve Bruce has said this about his star player (shown above yesterday before leaving the pitch) in the Chronicle:
“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.”
“We’ll see where we are for Wednesday.”
“Five games in 15 days in the Premier League is a tough ask.” “We’ll see how they all are in the next 24-48 hours.”
With Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff may be out for the rest of the season, perhaps Matty Longstaff will get a game?
Bruce has been trying to get the lad to stay on Tyneside and sign a new contract, but we notice he hasn’t been given much playing time in our last five games.
What do you think?