Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron has returned to training with the Paraguay national team after he picked up an injury in their recent 2-2 draw against Peru.
Almiron is away on international duty with Paraguay looking to help his nation in their bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup . The 26-year-old is a key figure for his national team and he is likely to be heavily involved in their attempts to make the World Cup for the first time since the 2010 finals in South Africa.
Almiron injury scare not as bad as first feared
Almiron picked up an injury during Paraguay’s 2-2 draw with Peru on Thursday and was taken off on a cart in the closing stages of the contest. It was believed that he had suffered a pulled muscle and was taken off as a precaution to prevent any further damage, as per Paraguyan journalist Roberto Rojas.
It has now emerged that Almiron’s muscle injury was not as bad as first feared and he has now returned to training with Paraguay. The 26-year-old is now likely to be in contention to feature in his nation’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, according to Rojas.
Almiron has not been involved as heavily in Newcastle’s starting line-up at the start of the campaign as he was last season (as per Whoscored). Therefore, the attacking midfielder could benefit from the extra action he might get against Venezuela to build up match sharpness ahead of returning to St James’ Park.
Steve Bruce will welcome Almiron’s injury recovery
Almiron has not been an automatic starter for the Magpies so far this season, with the midfielder making just one start in Newcastle’s opening four matches in the Premier League (via Sofascore). However, he still remains a valuable option to Steve Bruce, contributing to the Geordies’ attack by completing 1.3 successful dribbles per game last term, as per Sofascore.
At times he lacks consistency in the final third, having missed nine big chances last season in the Premier League (via Sofascore). However, he atones for that lack of end product with his work rate and high energy, with Almiron making 1.7 tackles per game last season, and he has also been praised for his midfield industry by ex-Magpies midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
Therefore, Bruce will surely welcome his quicker-than-expected return from the midweek injury scare.
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