‘Slight injury’: Eddie Howe now unsure if £16.5m Newcastle player will be fit to face Bournemouth tomorrow
Newcastle United restart their domestic campaign tomorrow when they face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.
It’s been just over five weeks since the Magpies were last in action, when they defeated Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle have enjoyed their best start to a season in some time, and find themselves in third in the Premier League.
They would have been wishing the World Cup never started, and it’ll be a real test to see if they can pick up where they left off.
Howe’s side are unbeaten since August, and he will know how important tomorrow’s match is.
It offers Newcastle one of their best chances of winning silverware in years, although Bournemouth won’t be an easy test.
During the mid-season break, the Cherries appointed Gary O’Neil on a permanent basis.
His main focus will be league survival, but tomorrow offers them an opportunity to get back into the swing of things quickly.
Howe delivered an update on the fitness of a number of key Newcastle players.
Unfortunately, he revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin could be injured, and is unsure whether he’ll feature tomorrow.
It’s a blow for a player who started the season so well, before missing a number of games with a hamstring injury.
Saint-Maximin could be injured for Bournemouth clash
Speaking to the media about Saint-Maximin, Howe said: “I think there’s a slight injury. We’ll see today how he comes in. After a game, things can be sore so hopefully that’s just the case.”
The £16.5m forward is one of the most exciting players in the league when he’s in top gear.
Newcastle excellent early form was in large parts down to Saint-Maximin, and his goal against Wolves will live long in the memory.
He even impressed Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who believes he’s got the best technique in the league.
Saint-Maximin has missed more than 40 matches through injury since arriving at Newcastle.
He’s still got the backing of his teammates, with Chris Wood believing he has the capability to become world-class.
However, Saint-Maximin could be injured for the restart of the domestic season, which would be a bitter blow.
Newcastle fans are still waiting to see the Frenchman at full flow alongside Alexander Isak in attack.
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