Allan Saint-Maximin has confirmed he’ll train on his ‘day off’ today and says he’s feeling ‘a lot better’, believing he’ll be able to play on Sunday if he trains tomorrow.
Joelinton’s hip injury is not serious, meaning he’s been able to train despite being forced off at Norwich, however there’s still no sign of Dwight Gayle – who’s still said to be ‘a couple of weeks’ away.
Elsewhere, both Andy Carroll and Florian Lejeune have been spotted back on the training field, but the Chronicle state that both will not return before the international break, with Bruce recently suggesting that Carroll may need ‘at least’ another month.
Back to Saint-Maximin, the Frenchman missed last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Norwich, with Bruce confirming he couldn’t train due to a ‘tight hamstring’, but it sounds like he is now in contention for Sunday’s trip to Spurs.
Here’s what he’s had to say about his hamstring injury after visiting the NUFC foodbank this week:
“I think there is a chance because I work hard, I do a lot of training.
“I’ll train on Thursday – normally it’s a day off but I’ll train then – and I think I can train three days and can see if I can play against Tottenham.
“I feel a lot better and I think if I get through the training on Friday I can play.”
Hopefully he can be back in the squad on Sunday – or even in the starting line up considering how much we lacked an attacking threat last weekend at Norwich.
That said, will Bruce find a way to fit him into the side if he persists with a 3-5-2?