Allan Saint-Maximin could give Steve Bruce an injury boost by returning against Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Daily Star.
The 22-year-old has undertaken light training after missing the Magpies’ 3-1 loss to Norwich City with a tight hamstring.
The chances of the Frenchman returning are still only 50/50, though he has responded well to treatment so could feature.
His fellow summer signing Joelinton is also set to be ready for the game, with his hip injury not as serious as first feared.
Saint-Maximin has only played 23 competitive minutes in a Newcastle shirt so far, having come off the bench during the 1-0 loss against Arsenal, as per WhoScored.
He did show a glimpse of what he can do during that time, taking one shot which went on target, completing all of his attempted passes and making two successful dribbles, while he was dispossessed and fouled once.
Looking back to his 2018/19 performances for Nice offers a more in-depth insight into what he could do for Newcastle, as he started 34 Ligue 1 games, scoring six goals and assisting three, while he also made 1.7 key passes and 4.2 dribbles per game – indicating he can help the Magpies carry more of a direct threat.
Having Saint-Maximin available would be a massive boost for Bruce as Newcastle prepare to face Spurs.
He caused some excitement with his performance, something which hasn’t been felt in great measures at St. James’ Park during the Magpies’ opening two games.
Newcastle will carry a far greater attacking threat at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if the Frenchman is on the pitch.
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