Steve Bruce has confirmed that the initial scan results suggest Allan Saint-Maximin’s hamstring injury is “not that serious”.
The Newcastle head coach hinted that he’ll know more once he has another scan, but the initial prognosis suggests he’ll be missing for ‘up to three weeks’ – meaning he *might* return for our trip to Liverpool on September 14th.
Here’s what Steve Bruce has had to say about the 22-year-old’s injury this morning, insisting it was not a gamble to start him at Spurs as he’d ‘trained all week’:
“It wasn’t a gamble to play Saint-Maximin, he trained all week.
“The initial scans think it’s not that serious,”
With this in mind, he’s certain to miss out on tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash with Leicester and Saturday’s crucial home game against Watford, however the international break may come at a good time for the Frenchman, giving him another week to recover before we head to Anfield in just under three weeks time.
It’s a real shame and a concern that he’s having reoccurring issues with his hamstring – an injury which can hamper players like himself with explosive pace – but Atsu could be a capable short-term replacement if he can keep playing as he did on Sunday.