Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has landed a major injury boost, as Allan Saint-Maximin will be fit to face Leicester City on Sunday, according to the Chronicle.
The French winger had left Bruce anxiously waiting for news on his summer signing’s fitness, as the former OGC Nice forward suffered a late scare against Brighton & Hove Albion when he sustained a knock in the closing stages.
Much to Bruce’s glee, Saint-Maximin is said to have trained as normal with the Newcastle first-team on Wednesday, ahead of the Toon’s trip to Leicester at the weekend.
The 22-year-old had made his third Newcastle appearance last Saturday when he came off the bench against Brighton, but failed to change the result as he made his return from a thigh problem following an earlier hamstring issue (TransferMarkt).
Bruce will now be able to consider the former France U21 international for his starting line-up at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, for which the Magpies chief has been issued a further three injury boosts.
Andy Carroll is noted as not having suffered any negative side effects from his second Newcastle debut, and trained as normal with Saint-Maximin and co. during the week as he bids to be ready for the next stage of his comeback from ankle surgery.
Sean Longstaff, too, was a member of the senior fold on the training fields, as he looks to make his return from the ankle injury which meant he could not feature against Liverpool or Brighton.
Florian Lejeune is another ramping up their rehabilitation in the North East, with the defender keen to make his return next month having been forced to watch from the sidelines since April with a serious knee injury (TransferMarkt).
A lot will be riding on Saint-Maximin on Sunday if he is passed fit to play, as Newcastle need to get their season off to a strong run going into the October international break, having struggled to get out of first gear so far.
Only Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford have taken fewer points than Newcastle this term, but no Premier League side have scored less than Bruce’s Magpies (4).
Saint-Maximin’s return should also help to alleviate some of the pressure Miguel Almiron must be feeling as he goes in search of his first goal and first assist in Black and White (TransferMarkt), having played just two key passes this term (WhoScored).
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