Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Allan Saint-Maximin is set to return to training in the next 24 hours, as reported by the Chronicle Live.

The French winger has not featured for the Magpies since November. He has required extra time to recover after testing positive for coronavirus, whilst he has also been battling with a calf injury.

Allan Saint-Maximin back in training

Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Arsenal on Monday night, Bruce announced that Saint-Maximin is nearing a return. However, he admitted that it would take the 23-year-old a while to regain full fitness after a lengthy absence.

“Allan Saint-Maximin is training today or tomorrow which is good news but he’s been out for around seven weeks so we’ll have to monitor him,” he said.

Saint-Maximin’s return is a timely boost for Newcastle after a dreadful run of form.

The side are without a win in over a month. During that time they have exited both cup competitions and handed Sheffield United their first Premier League win on Tuesday.

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Bruce staying put

Bruce concedes that the team were “absolutely hopeless” in that match but insists that he retains the support of the club’s board. He claims that he remains in regular contact with managing director Lee Charnley.

“I have the CEO [Lee Charnley] every day.

“We have conversations two – three times a day normally so that won’t change,” he added.

More team news

A win over Arsenal would certainly earn Bruce some breathing space. Sections of the club’s fans have been calling for him to be sacked in recent weeks.

The 60-year-old has provided further team news for that clash, with Jamaal Lascelles and Jamal Lewis both hoping to come back into the squad.

However, Federico Fernandez is a major doubt after being replaced in the second half on Tuesday.

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