Eddie Howe has provided an update on Allan Saint-Maximin during this morning’s press conference. The winger is due to return to training today and, depending on how he fares, could be in contention for Saturday’s match against Brighton.
Here is Howe’s update per Newcastle’s Twitter account:
“Maxi hasn’t trained yet with us but we’re hoping he does today. We’ll have to make a decision based off how he looks and how his injury status is after the session.
“Other than that, we’re as we were pre-Brentford.”
Saint-Maximin has missed the previous two matches – a draw at West Ham and a win at Brentford – after taking a whack to his calf in the win over Aston Villa. He spent last week in Monaco with a specialist.
Before the Brentford match, Howe said Allan faced a late fitness test, which he didn’t pass. He faces one again though with him back in training today, his odds are a bit better that he can at least make the bench.
Howe may not want to rush the 24-year-old back with three away matches in a week on the horizon. Ryan Fraser was unplayable on the left against The Bees. His performance is deserving of an encore on his preferred flank.
Jacob Murphy also played well down his natural right-hand side after being a straight swap for Allan against West Ham. Allan’s return is not as critical with Ryan and Jacob getting the job done in his absence.