A promising injury update has emerged on Newcastle United central midfielder Bruno Guimaraes this week…
Shields Gazette reporter Dominic Scurr has claimed that the Brazil international has not suffered a significant setback and could play for his country before the end of the international break.
“Another international injury blow for #NUFC with Bruno Guimaraes suffering with his thigh. Fortunately, it’s not understood to be serious and he remains with a chance of featuring in Brazil’s fixture v Tunisia on Tuesday. Hopefully he’s fine for Fulham.”
The 24-year-old gem has been ruled out of his country’s clash with Ghana on Friday night but could now return from injury to earn another cap next week.
Magpies head coach Eddie Howe should be relieved by this news as it suggests that he does not have much to worry about heading into the club’s next competitive match.
Hearing that the Brazilian suffered an injury and was set to miss a game for his country may have left the manager and the supporters fearing the worst after his recent absence.
Having him available would be a big boost to the team as he has proven himself to be a superb player at this level since arriving from Lyon in the January transfer window earlier this year.
In the top-flight last season, Guimaraes chipped in with five goals and one assist in 17 appearances as he averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.25 – a score only Kieran Trippier could beat in the Newcastle squad – as he showcased his ability to perform to a high level on a consistent basis.
This term, he is yet to directly contribute to a goal but is making his presence felt in his own third with some sublime defensive work for the team. The gem is averaging a whopping 4.8 tackles and interceptions per game and no other Magpies player has averaged more than 4.0 per outing.
These statistics highlight the level of impact he can have at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle and that is why having him available for selection would be a significant boost for Howe.
Therefore, the manager should be relieved that the Brazilian has not come down with a serious knock that would keep him out of several Premier League matches.