Newcastle United are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they host Crystal Palace at St James’ Park and now there has been an update on two important players from a reliable source.
According to Chronicle journalist Ciaran Kelly, both Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimaraes are “close” to returning to action, but there is uncertainty surrounding their inclusion in the game tomorrow.
“Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin are ‘close’ to returning for #nufc but not clear yet if they will be back for Crystal Palace tomorrow.”
There is no doubt that Eddie Howe will be relieved to have both Guimaraes and Saint-Maximin returning to action especially after the disappointing defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night, which broke their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
The Magpies manager will be hoping to deliver a reaction to that game at Anfield by taking all three points in front of the home supporters when Patrick Vieira’s team come to town tomorrow, and if both of the aforementioned players are fit to play it would be a massive boost for Newcastle.
Guimaraes, in particular, has made a huge impact on the side since joining in the January transfer window with the side only losing five games out of the 17 outings that the Brazilian midfielder has been involved in.
The 24-year-old has already scored five goals and delivered one assist in just 21 appearances from his role in the centre of the pitch, and has been a positive presence in the team so his return will surely be warmly welcomed by both the manager and the St James’ Park faithful if he is available tomorrow.
In terms of Guimaraes’ team mate who is usually one of the first names listed in the starting 11, it will be a huge relief to Howe that Saint-Maximin is also close to making his return to the side as his presence was visibly missing against Liverpool, especially when you consider the impact he had against Manchester City.
According to SofaScore, the Frenchman was the highest rated player on the pitch (8.5) against the Premier League champions delivering two assists, creating two big chances, making four key passes and completing 100% of his crosses, becoming the catalyst in Newcastle’s pursuit to take points from Pep Guardiola’s side.
With that being said, it remains to be seen if either of the Newcastle stars will make an appearance against Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon, but it would definitely be a big boost for supporters to see their return on home soil if the opportunity arises.