As revealed by Sky Sports, club sources at Newcastle United have now confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin are the two players who’ve been suffering with the after effects of Covid-19.
It was suggested by the BBC’s Daniel Storey earlier today that both were absent due to a ‘fall out’ with the manager, however Keith Downie insists that this is “not the case”.
Instead, it seems that both have been the two managing the “long-term Covid” that Steve Bruce referred to last week, hence their prolonged absence over the past three weeks.
Here’s what Keith Downie’s had to say this afternoon, confirming that no date is set for either players’ return:
Downie then responded to the ‘bust up’ rumours, insisting that neither have fallen out with Steve Bruce:
Downie also states that neither player still has the virus, but both are still suffering badly with fatigue and following medical advice before they are able to return to training.
This comes after Isaac Hayden, Federico Fernandez and Emil Krafth all confirmed they’d contracted the virus over the past few weeks, with Fernandez forced off at half-time on Saturday with “fatigue”.
The identity of those struggling with the virus had been kept private, however it seems both ASM and Lascelles are happy for the situation to become public now – perhaps due to those seemingly false claims suggesting they were absent because of a disagreement with Bruce?
We wish both a full and speedy recovery. Get well soon, Allan and Jamaal!