According to The Telegraph, Allan Saint-Maximin won’t return to first team action until ‘at least mid-January’ after struggling with the long-term effects of Covid-19.
Another who’s been badly impacted by the virus is Jamaal Lascelles, however the same piece confirms that he’s now back in light training and will be assessed in the coming days before we make a decision on the skipper’s return to competitive action.
It seems Saint-Maximin remains well behind the big centre-back, with Mike McGrath’s piece for The Telegraph stating that he’s expected to miss another three weeks.
The Frenchman has been missing for over a month, initially picking up a ‘calf injury’ that kept him out that 0-2 win at Crystal Palace.
Since then, Covid has kept him on the sidelines over our last four games – and it seems he’ll also miss upcoming matches against Man City, Liverpool, Leicester, Arsenal (FA Cup) and perhaps Sheffield United too on January 12th if ‘sources at the club’ are to be believed.
The report states that his progress will be closely monitored, meaning he could yet return a little sooner than expected, but we can safely same the exciting 23-year-old won’t kick a ball for the club until the new year – despite saying he was feeling better and injury free in a Instagram live earlier this week!
So, it seems Lascelles could well be back soon after being spotted back in training earlier this week, however we’ll have to wait a few more weeks yet to see ASM in action!