When it emerged that Miguel Almiron was suspended for Paraguay’s final game of the international break, it was widely expected that he’d return to Tyneside early – meaning he’d be back in good time to face Chelsea this weekend.
A few days on and he’s yet to board a flight back to Tyneside, with him instead spotted in the stands last night as he watched his Paraguayan teammates draw 2-2 with Bolivia in their latest World Cup qualifier.
Considering Newcastle United wanted him to return early, with this being key so that he’d be able to take part in this week’s training sessions and be back in good time for Saturday, it’s fair to say Steve Bruce will not be best pleased with the shot below of him still out in South America:
Almiron was full of smiles when the camera panned to him in their draw with Bolivia last night, however his prolonged absence hardly helps our preparations for what promises to be a tough game in just 72 hours time.
With his decision to stay with the Paraguayan set up coming just 24 hours after some pretty damning claims from his agent, it’s fair to say Steve Bruce will face some serious questions from the media regarding Almiron’s late return and NUFC future when he sits down for his pre-Chelsea press conference on Friday morning.
By that point, our smiling No 10 will be back on Tyneside, but I would now be quite surprised if Steve Bruce selected him for Saturday’s early kick off.
After all, he’s missed the chance to return fully recovered with plenty time to train with his NUFC teammates, while intense talk of his future lying elsewhere may have also irked Steve Bruce.