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Report: Some good injury news for Newcastle despite Almiron and Saint-Maximin blows

Brian Heffernan March 2, 2021
Report: Some good injury news for Newcastle despite Almiron and Saint-Maximin blows
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The return to training of Emil Krafth will be welcome news to Newcastle United fans after injury blows to Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron, as reported by the club’s official website.

Saint-Maximin and Almiron were both injured during the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weeked and look likely to be out of action until April, as reported by BT Sport.

Almiron is now out with a knee injury, while attacking talisman Saint-Maximin will be sidelined with a groin problem.

In a triple kick in the teeth, right-back Krafth was also substituted against Wolves but is now set to resume training this week.

At least that’s some crumb of comfort for long-suffering Newcastle fans.

The Magpies signed Krafth for £5 million in August 2019 on a four-year deal.

But the 26-year-old Swede has been undergoing injury woes of his own this season.

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Krafth – low on minutes

Krafth has only played 696 Premier League minutes this season, starting just seven games.

But the Magpies defender has started Steve Bruce’s past three league matches – the outings against Wolves, Manchester United and Chelsea.

If fit, it seems likely Krafth will be back in the starting XI soon.

He has a few days to get up and running for a game that could have a major impact on Newcastle’s season.

Next up for the Magpies is a ‘six-pointer’ at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday at high noon.

The last time the two sides met, Newcastle won 2-1 thanks to goals from Almiron and Dwight Gayle.

For the return match, Bruce will need all hands on deck.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.