Steve Bruce fears Allan Saint-Maximin could be out for longer than initially reported, suggesting the Frenchman may well be missing for ‘six weeks’.
Saint-Maximin – who has become an instant hit with the fans on Tyneside and key player – was expected to be out for a month according to Sky Sports, but Bruce’s latest comments hint at a slightly longer injury lay-off.
Speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley, Bruce had this to say on the winger’s latest setback:
“We think it could be a month or six weeks. We always run the risk with Allan. He’s been instrumental in how we’ve gone about our work.
“We’ll miss him, but we have to find another way.”
“He pulled his hamstring doing 38.6 kilometres an hour in the 96th minute! I don’t think anyone has ran that fast in the Premier League before.
“He’s explosive. When you run the way he does you’re susceptible.”
“We all bang the drum that a football player can play every day of the week, but not with that intensity.
“We’ll kick ourselves but unfortunately these things happen.”
With this in mind, the winger may not be back until late January, meaning he would miss games against Burnley, Palace, Man Utd, Everton, Leicester, Rochdale/Boston (FA Cup) and Chelsea.
This is a massive blow for Newcastle in the busiest time of the year in terms of fixtures. The offensive outlet his direct pace and trickery has given us has been huge, with this article yesterday showcasing just how badly we’ve faired this season when he’s been out Steve Bruce’s side (read it here).
With some tricky fixtures ahead of us in the festive season against a Marco Silva-free Everton, in-form Man United and second top Leicester City, we could find ourselves sucked back into a dogfight by the turn of the year if we don’t cope without him against Burnley and Palace in our next two.
Time for our fringe players to step up!