A frustrating Newcastle United injury setback has emerged over winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
Magpies boss Eddie Howe has revealed that the exciting attacker is now facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a reoccurrence of his previous injury.
Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope said: “Eddie Howe also confirms below setback for Allan Saint-Maximin. Third time he has aggravated same hamstring. ‘It’s very minor but it’s going to keep him out for a period’
This came after the reporter issued an update on the forward ahead of the draw with Manchester United, saying: “Allan Saint-Maximin has suffered setback in return from hamstring layoff & is out of tomorrow’s trip to Man Utd. Also likely to miss Everton & Spurs over course of next week. Same issue as before, although irritation not thought to be too serious
The Magpies’ head coach should be gutted by this as it is a big setback for Saint-Maximin and the club, who will now be without his talents for another set of top-flight matches.
Newcastle held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday and it was the sort of tight game where a moment of magic could have won them the three points on the counter-attack.
Saint-Maximin, however, could have been the spark that the Toon were lacking as he enjoyed a terrific start to the season earlier this year. In four Premier League starts, the winger has scored once and provided two assists whilst creating 1.4 chances and completing 3.2 dribbles per game – as per SofaScore.
These statistics suggest that the Frenchman has the quality on the ball to be a difference-maker in the final third, as he can score and create goals. He can also terrify opposition defenders with his dribbling ability, opening up space for players like Callum Wilson by committing full-backs and disorganising teams.
With that in mind, Howe certainly missed the forward against United and will now be incredibly frustrated that he will have to deal without having him available for the foreseeable future.
The speedster is a key player for the Magpies, as evidenced by his impressive statistics in the top flight, and that is why his continued absence is a seismic blow for the manager and the team.