Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has shared a positive injury update regarding Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
The Lowdown: Guimaraes’ injury
As per Chronicle Live, the 24-year-old missed Brazil’s friendly against Ghana on Friday due to a thigh problem. As a result, the Magpies star sought treatment in the team hotel, with the national team deciding to opt against risking an injury.
Guimaraes had previously suffered from a hamstring injury for Newcastle prior to the international break, so fears arose when news emerged of the midfielder having sustained a fresh problem whilst playing for his country.
The Latest: Hope’s update
After revealing that Guimaraes joined Alexander Isak in returning to Tyneside to have their injuries assessed, Hope shared a fresh update on the former Lyon star’s fitness situation, along with a possible return date for Newcastle.
Taking to Twitter, the reliable journalist claimed: “The word again this morning is that Bruno’s problem is not too serious & there is a chance he could be involved at the weekend #nufc”
The Verdict: Huge boost for Newcastle
When looking at the 24-year-old’s underlying statistics, it is clear to see how Guimaraes has become such a crucial player for Eddie Howe’s side.
As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the midfielder ranks in the top 1% for tackles, the top 7% for expected goals assisted and progressive carries, and the top 10% for non-penalty goals.
Having earned stylistic comparisons to two of football’s brightest young talents in Barcelona’s Pedri and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, Guimaraes’ quality is undeniable.
Therefore, his return to fitness ahead of the weekend visit to Fulham will come as a massive boost for the Magpies, for whom he is the sixth-highest rated player so far this season as per WhoScored.
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