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Newcastle United: Allan Saint-Maximin set-back “a blow”

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Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin is “unlikely” to be available for the side’s visit of Everton on Wednesday night, after an irritation on an ongoing hamstring issue.

That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who was speaking on Monday evening’s FPL injuries instalment ahead of a set of midweek Premier League fixtures.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has described Saint-Maximin’s injury as “a blow”, with this being the third time that the Frenchman has suffered a setback in the road to recovery from a hamstring issue.

The 25-year-old played for 12 minutes in the Magpies’ comfortable 5-1 win over Brentford for his first appearance since scoring an equaliser in the side’s 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but missed last weekend’s trip to Manchester United.

And Dinnery believes that Newcastle will err on the side of caution given his already troubled comeback from the current hamstring injury he is suffering from.

“The bad news in the Newcastle camp, Allan Saint-Maximin is unlikely to be involved, he’s had a bit of irritation in that hamstring issue,” Dinnery told FPL injuries (08:07).

“Now ordinarily we’d just be looking maybe a couple of days away from the training pitches.

“However, because it’s the third hamstring setback, the club are going to be uber-cautious with him.

TIF Thoughts on Dinnery’s comments…

We think that Saint-Maximin’s injury comes as a huge blow to Howe and Newcastle, with the side just starting to hit their stride in an attacking sense, having scored nine goals in three games since the beginning of October.

The speedster has only been given the opportunity to play in five Premier League fixtures so far this season, scoring a goal and providing two assists according to Transfermarkt. Despite this, he’s already received plenty of praise for his performances, with Gary Neville paying him compliments for his Leeds display.

Therefore, we agree with Howe and would describe Saint-Maximin’s injury as a blow, not just for the side but for the player who will be desperate to get back to regular action before November’s World Cup break.

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