Steve Bruce has revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin is touch and go for Wednesday’s clash with Spurs at St James’ Park.
A knock picked up by the Frenchman in the second-half of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Watford sees him join Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden on the treatment table.
He may yet make it if he comes through training this week, however one player who won’t be involved is Danny Rose, with him ineligible against his parent club.
Elsewhere, The Chronicle claim both Lejeune and Carroll will be assessed this week and could return, although next Monday’s trip to Brighton seems like a more likely return date for both.
Saint-Maximin has had hamstring troubles throughout this season and missed last week’s hammering by Man City over growing fitness concerns, with many noticing how much he faded in the second half on Saturday after an influential first 45.
Here is what the gaffer has had to say:
“Towards the end, he (Saint-Maximin) took a knock on it – that’s all. We’ll see how he is.
“We’ll see what we’ve got for Wednesday, and we’ll go again after that.”
With safety secured and Premier League chiefs keen to start the 2020/21 season shortly after the current one concludes, it may be wise to use Saint-Maximin sparingly to avoid burn-out ahead of the new campaign?
The last thing we want is for our best attacking player to be out with a lengthy injury at the start of next season.