Steve Bruce has revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin is one of FIVE Newcastle players ‘in contention’ to return ahead of our trip to Wolves on Saturday.
The NUFC boss also claims Matt Ritchie and centre-back trio Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark are also in with a shout of returning – giving us a welcome boost after a torrid month on the fitness front.
Saint-Maximin has been missing since suffering a hamstring tear in December’s 2-1 win over Southampton, but the Chronicle reveal that Bruce is hoping the French winger can come through a week of training and return at Molineux.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say about all five:
“Saint-Maximin, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie and Lascelles all could be in contention at Wolves.
“What a good five that would be to welcome back!”
It may be that Saint-Maximin is not risked, with Bruce unlikely to bring him back into the side unless he’s 100% ready, however these comments suggests he’s well ahead of schedule, with it being reported a few weeks ago that he was expected to return at the end of the month.
“Both injured – both not right – one with a groin issue and the other with a bit of a hamstring problem.
An unconvincing update, and one that raises a few questions about Carroll’s fitness given it was initially reported that a ‘hip/rib’ injury had kept him out of our FA Cup clash.
As for Almiron and Muto – two players who limped off at Rochdale – we’ll have to hope the former was just precautionary and that Carroll is also back before long.
The return of ASM, Ritchie and a few of our most reliable centre-backs could give us a timely boost, but losing Almiron and/or Carroll for any length would be a real blow.