Allan Saint-Maximin made his return after missing three matches with his groin injury. The Frenchman came on in the second half with Newcastle down 2-1 to provide a push down the stretch for the equalizer.
Saint-Maximin played his part as he started the move that ended up with Joe Willock’s leveler with just minutes left on the clock. Newcastle were able to see out the match for the unexpected point.
Callum Wilson was not involved though he is ramping up his efforts in training. The striker could be back for the monumental match at Burnley next weekend. Wilson has missed 7 matches since injuring his hamstring in the first half against Southampton, which was also our last win.
Another Magpie who was injured in that match has now given an update on his progress. Fabian Schar injured his knee in the second half against the Saints which left Newcastle down to just 9 men to see out that match.
Fabian’s injury required surgery and it’s now been almost two months that we’ve been without our Swiss defender. Schar is in a fight against time to return this season with just 8 matches remaining.
However, the 29-year-old remains fully focused on coming back before the end of this campaign to help Newcastle if he can. Here is Schar’s update on his rehabilitation which he gave while answering questions for NUFC fans on Zoom.
“At the minute I’m quite happy where I am after now 7 weeks after my surgery. For the last 5 to 6 weeks I was working hard in Switzerland.
“The only aim I had was to do as many hours in the rehab as possible. I’m on the right way.
“There’s a bit to do and it’s going to be tight for some games this season.
“Obviously, it’s my aim to help the team at the end of the season. I will do everything to try. I can’t exactly say if it’s possible or not.”
Newcastle have reportedly triggered an extension clause in Fabian’s contract so he’ll return for next season. Whether he can play a part in our last few games seems doubtful at the moment.
Newcastle also have Fede Fernandez who’s not played in 13 matches. Fernandez was unavailable for the Tottenham draw after picking up a calf injury in training. Hopefully, that won’t keep him out for too long.
As for Schar, he seems desperate to get back not only for Newcastle but also to represent Switzerland in the European Championships this summer.
Hopefully, Fabian will be able to return before the season ends, especially if Bruce is going to continue with the 5-3-2 formation that was brought back for Spurs.
Here is the full video of Fabian answering fan questions on Zoom.