Newcastle United have confirmed that Allan Saint-Maximin is back in training ahead of Saturday’s trip to Liverpool – a big relief after he limped off in last weekend’s win with a ‘badly swollen ankle’.
One slight concern from the club’s latest training photos is that Callum Wilson doesn’t feature – something Steve Bruce is likely to clarify in his Friday morning press conference.
Elsewhere, Fabian Schar has also returned to full training for the first time since he suffered a serious knee injury over two months ago.
The Swiss international has been spotted in light training in recent weeks, however it seems he’s now stepped up his recovery – the clearest sign yet that he’ll play again this season and make Euro ‘2020’.
Here’s Schar and ASM in action on Thursday:
Good news at both ends of the pitch, with ASM our game changer in attack and Schar a player who was playing well prior to that injury in February’s 3-2 win over Southampton.
Not only that, his return comes at a good time given Jamaal Lascelles looks set to miss the remainder of the season and could well slot into our three-man defence over the coming weeks.
As for Wilson, let’s hope his absence is nothing sinister!