Steve Bruce has dropped an update on Allan Saint-Maximin after an injury scare while playing for Newcastle away to Liverpool this weekend.
The Frenchman was a victim of three fouls from Reds players in their 1-1 draw at Anfield in the Premier League at Saturday lunchtime, being more or less kicked all over the pitch.
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Speaking in his post-match press conference when asked about whether he thinks the 24-year-old will be fit to play against Arsenal at St James’ Park next weekend, Bruce claimed (via The Chronicle): “Saint-Maximin’s going to take knocks because of the way he plays.”
The manager added: “I think he’s OK.”
Saint-Maximin so important to Newcastle
You only have to look at the impact that Saint-Maximin has had since returning to the team to see just how important he is to Newcastle. In their last four matches in the Premier League in where he has featured, the Tyneside club have won two and drawn two, with the 24-year-old scoring one goal and setting up another two in those fixtures (Transfermarkt).
The Magpies will need to have him fully fit and at his best if they are to take anything away from the Gunners, who are a wounded animal after back-to-back disappointing results at home to both Fulham and Everton respectively.
Bruce’s encouraging update on Saint-Maximin’s fitness will surely come as a welcome relief to much of the Toon Army, given the Frenchman’s sizeable influence.
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