NUFC release Saint-Maximin update – 7 players back training ahead of Wolves but 4 still out

The club have released a hugely positive update on the fitness front today, revealing that Carroll, Almiron, Willems, Dummett, Clark and Gayle are all back in training ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wolves – & Jamaal Lascelles will join them later this week.

Newcastle United have also confirmed that Allan Saint-Maximin is ‘back on the grass’ and making ‘good progress’ in his recovery from last month’s hamstring tear during our 2-1 win over Southampton.

It seems the Frenchman is not back in full training just yet, suggesting this weekend’s game at Wolves will come too soon for him, however he appears to be ahead of schedule and in with a shout of returning against Chelsea on the 18th.

There’s no update on Schar, Shelvey, Manquillo or Muto – suggesting all four remain out injured – however they confirm Jamaal Lascelles will resume full training ‘later this week’, while Matt Ritchie is available for Premier League selection for the first time since August after returning at Rochdale:

Here’s what the club have had to say during their injury update this lunch time:

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce has been boosted by the return to full training of six players this week.

Jetro WillemsPaul DummettDwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark all took part in the first session of the week on Monday after overcoming injuries, while Miguel Almirón and Andy Carroll resumed training on Tuesday.

Willems suffered a groin injury against Leicester City on New Year’s Day while Dummett has missed the last four matches, also with a groin injury.

Gayle had a slight hamstring problem while Clark sustained a calf injury in last month’s home win against Southampton. Almirón came off against Rochdale at the weekend and Carroll missed the game with a minor hamstring complaint, but all six could now come into contention for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles, who hasn’t played since he was hurt in November’s victory over AFC Bournemouth, will also be back in full training later this week.

On Saturday, Matt Ritchie made his first appearance since he was injured by a Hamza Choudhury tackle in August’s Carabao Cup tie against Leicester. He came on as a 64th-minute substitute at the Crown Oil Arena.

Meanwhile Allan Saint-Maximin has also been back on the grass over the last few days as he makes good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Hopefully injuries to Schar, Shelvey, Manquillo and Muto aren’t too bad, but this finally seems like a much needed boost on the injury front for Steve Bruce.

Good news. Let’s hope this doesn’t give Mike Ashley a reason not to spend this month!

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