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Newcastle United: Dinnery would be surprised if Saint-Maximin starts this week

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Injury specialist Ben Dinnery recently claimed he would find it surprising if Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin starts in their midweek game due to a hamstring tweak. 

The Magpies extended their unbeaten run through their first four games after they grabbed a late equaliser at the weekend thanks to a Saint-Maximin volley from outside the box. However, it now looks like they could be without their star winger for their game on Wednesday.

After scoring a potential Goal of the Season nominee, Saint-Maximin was subbed off for Matt Ritchie in the 99th minute during their trip to Wolves after he was seen limping around, and Dinnery believes this could mean he misses their upcoming clash against Liverpool.

Dinnery said on the Premier FPL Injuries show on YouTube: “Unfortunately, it was his left hamstring that forced him off deep into time added on.

“Now, that came after a little bit of a run, felt a little bit of a tweak, so that doesn’t look great, especially, like I say, with a quick turnaround – we’re playing at Anfield on Wednesday night, so I’d be very surprised if Saint-Maximin was involved in that.”

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TIF Thoughts on the Saint-Maximin injury…

It looks like the Magpies could be without a number of integral players for their trip to Anfield, as Callum Wilson, Bruno Guimaraes and Saint-Maximin could all be out, while new signing Alexander Isak might not be ready to start yet. Therefore, missing the Frenchman would be another key blow.

Picking up points away at Liverpool is always going to be a tough mission for any side, but if you’re missing as vital a player as Saint-Maximin is for Newcastle, it is going to be nearly impossible.

While he has not always hit the heights expected with goals and assists, he has picked up one goal and two assists in the first four games, including a stellar display against current champions Manchester City, where he set up two goals.

However, if missing Saint-Maximin in this game means he can be ready to go for Crystal Palace at the weekend, it is worth him sitting out this one. He is going to be so important for them in their quest to challenge for Europe, so it is more important to keep him fit for the long term.

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