Eddie Howe has been speaking to the press in the last few moments, offering an update on the fitness front ahead of tomorrow’s game and responding to rumours linking Allan Saint-Maximin with a move away.
On the latter point, the NUFC boss denied reports claiming Saint-Maximin could leave this summer, insisting he has a “great relationship” with the 25-year-old who “absolutely” has a “long-term future” on Tyneside.
This comes after The Mail reported last weekend that our new owners would sanction his sale if a £50m bid arrived, while 90min also claimed that he was demanding a pay-rise and exploring his options.
Elsewhere, Howe has confirmed that a “late call” will be made on Joe Willock, as the midfielder is managing a “slight knee problem” that could keep him out of tomorrow’s clash with Wolves.
The boss has also revealed that illness is still lingering in the NUFC camp, with this following on from claims that Joelinton was subbed off at Spurs due to feeling unwell.
Here’s what he had to say on all of the above during this morning’s pre-Wolves press conference, seeing Howe confirm that Miguel Almiron will be back in contention for Friday night’s game at SJP:
Howe when asked if Saint-Maximin has a long-term future at NUFC:
“Don’t always believe what you read in the papers.
“I’ve got a great relationship with Maxi.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with him and, for me, we need him back to his very best levels between now and the end of the season.
“He could potentially be the difference between us staying in the league.
“He’s an incredible talent and of course he has a long-term future at the club.”
Howe on Willock:
“Joe Willock has had a slight knee problem for a couple of weeks.
“He’s become a bit more aware of it in training so it’s something we need to stay on top of.
“We’ll make a late call on him. We don’t think it’s anything serious.”
Howe on illness issues:
“There’s been a bit of illness in the camp for a while – I’d probably say for three or four weeks.
“We’ve still had some illness this week, and players struggling to get rid of things they’ve been carrying for a while.”
Howe on Almiron’s return:
“Miggy has trained this week.
“So we are delighted to have him back with us.