Newcastle have been dealt a blow ahead of their trip to West Brom in the FA Cup on Tuesday, as Sky Sports’ Keith Downie suggests Allan Saint-Maximin will probably be unavailable.
The Frenchman wasn’t fully fit for the clash against Burnley on Saturday and could only feature for 12 minutes, but it now seems that his injury situation has got worse.
Downie reports that he is now suffering from back and hamstring pain and is therefore a “major doubt” for the fifth round visit to the Baggies.
Allan Saint-Maximin a major doubt for FA Cup tie tomorrow night, he’s got back & hamstring pain. Steve Bruce promises to play a strong side again in the competition with 5,000 travelling to the Midlands to support #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) March 2, 2020
Saint-Maximin was recently ruled out for a month due to a hamstring injury he picked up in December. Newcastle won just one out of the six games he missed so news that he has pain in the same area will likely be a big concern.
The winger has been one of Newcastle’s most exciting players this season and most teams would miss a player of his quality, having made 4.3 dribbles per game this term.
Only Wolves and Crystal Palace possess players who have performed better in that department, Adama Traore and Wilfried Zaha, and it was little surprise that Newcastle failed to penetrate the Clarets without him for the large part at the weekend.
That will help to influence the likes of Matt Ritchie and Miguel Almiron, with the former looking most dangerous in Saint-Maximin’s place on Saturday, hitting the post and flashing a long-range strike narrowly wide.
Newcastle need to be careful and avoid rushing back the 22-year-old, as they are now just five points above the relegation zone and therefore have a number of crucial games in the season remaining.
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