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Newcastle United Wide Player Has Suffered An Ankle Injury: Massive Blow For Steve Bruce?

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In a recent report, Chronicle Live has mentioned that Newcastle United wide player Allan Saint-Maximin has suffered an ankle injury which could make him a doubt for the Premier League clash versus Liverpool later this month. The Magpies boss Steve Bruce confirmed after his side’s 3-2 win over West Ham United that the French winger has a swollen ankle and will now be assessed ahead of the highly anticipated league showdown against the Reds at Anfield (via Chronicle Live).

Saint-Maximin’s Decent Form At St. James’ Park Despite Recent Injury Struggles

The ex-Saint-Etienne youngster has endured an injury-ravaged season at St. James’ Park after missing a lot of games because of multiple injuries. Still, Saint-Maximin deserves a pat on the back for netting three goals and providing five assists in 20 appearances for the Tyneside giants this term in multiple competitions.

The 24-year-old has given a good account of himself in the attacking third as he is averaging 0.7 tackles, 1.2 shots, 1.3 key passes and 3.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season. He has also been tidy when distributing the ball in the opposition half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 82.7% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

When fit and firing on all cylinders, Saint-Maximin possesses the ability to be a real game-changer for Newcastle, so the possibility of losing him to another injury will be a significant cause for concern for Steve Bruce going into the final few weeks of this campaign.

 Newcastle's Saint-Maximin has suffered an ankle injury (Saint-Maximin is seen in the picture)
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Saint-Maximin Picks Up Another Injury: Massive Blow For The Magpies?

Saint-Maximin has been one of Newcastle’s best players on the field over the past few weeks since returning from a groin injury. Hence, losing him to another injury will be a big blow for Bruce as his men often struggled to come with a moment of quality in the final third without the Frenchman running down the wings.

However, the return of Callum Wilson, who is expected to start against Liverpool and the fact that Fulham were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal, will ease Newcastle’s relegation worries. Hence, the Magpies boss still has enough reasons to be optimistic about his team’s chances of finishing the season strong with or without the services of Saint-Maximin.

However, if the French sensation can recover in time for the Liverpool game, he will be a nailed-on starter alongside Callum Wilson which will excite the Toon Army as the dynamic duo has the potential to bang in some goals that might help them get more favourable results in the Premier League over the next few weeks.

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