Newcastle United have revealed that the club ‘remain hopeful’ Allan Saint-Maximin could be fit to face Brentford this weekend – despite the fact he missed our latest training session on Tyneside.
The Frenchman was nowhere to be seen in the training photos released by the club yesterday, with him appearing to be working away from the group based on gym videos shared on his social media accounts.
Elsewhere, the club state that Eddie Howe is ‘keeping his fingers crossed’ that Ryan Fraser will recover in time for Saturday’s clash with the Bees.
He limped off at West Ham last weekend and complained about soreness in his hamstring. He wasn’t in any of the training photos shared by the club yesterday, however it seems like he’s another who might yet return in time for this weekend’s game.
One player who looks fit and available is Javier Manquillo, with the club confirming that he was back in full sessions at our Benton base after an ankle injury kept him out last weekend.
Here’s the official update via NUFC.co.uk:
Javier Manquillo was back in training on Wednesday as Newcastle United prepared for Saturday’s visit to Brentford.
The full-back missed last weekend’s draw with West Ham United after suffering an ankle injury in the victory against Aston Villa, but was able to take part in the midweek session, suggesting that he could be fit enough to come back into contention against the Bees.
Ryan Fraser limped off at the London Stadium, with Eddie Howe keeping his fingers crossed that the Scotland international recovers in time for the clash with Thomas Frank’s side, while Allan Saint-Maximin is another injury doubt – although the Magpies remain hopeful that he could yet face Brentford, who he scored against at St. James’ Park in November.
So, it looks like Saint-Maximin and Fraser may be touch and go for Saturday, but we could well see Javier Manquillo replace Emil Krafth at right-back for our latest visit to London.