Newcastle United have been handed a major injury boost over Allan Saint-Maximin ahead of their Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Bruce’s side have had a wretched start to the new season thus far, losing two from two in the top-flight, and then being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Burnley on penalties in mid-week.
Saint-Maximin started that game against the Clarets on the bench, before being brought on in the second-half, and while he went on to miss a spot-kick in the shoot-out, there was surely more concern over the injury he seemed to pick up.
However, as per The Chronicle Live, the Magpies have been handed a major injury boost over the Frenchman heading into today’s game.
The report said: “Allan Saint-Maximin took a whack on the top of his foot during his cameo against Burnley but is expected to be OK for Southampton. Paul Dummett ‘in and around it’ and Isaac Hayden ‘touch and go’ after training yesterday. One or two who came in for cup game may get chance tomorrow.”
Last season was an incredibly frustrating one for Saint-Maximin, with his campaign having been heavily disrupted by his long-running battle with the virus.
But that still didn’t stop him from averaging an impressive 3.2 dribbles per game in the top flight, a statistic which ranked him second among all players in the division.
One man who has seen Saint-Maximin’s talents up close is teammate Callum Wilson, with the Magpies striker waxing lyrical about his ability and how far he can go in the game.
The 29-year-old said: “I think the world’s his oyster, really. He’s got all the potential in the world and his attitude matches that as well. He’s quite a quiet, humble guy – he wears some lively clothes at times, but he’s a good guy. He’s got all the talent in the world, he can beat a player – sometimes once you’ve beaten him, get some end product, like he has been doing.
“He makes the game look so easy; for my goal against Burnley, the way he’s done a little bit of trickery himself and then just put a ball in the box – great end product, unstoppable, unplayable.”
It’s exactly why news the flying Frenchman should be fine for today’s game against the Saints at St James’ Park is sure to have fans buzzing.