Downie: Saint-Maximin to return to training this week

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Saint-Maximin will return to Newcastle  training later this week, according to  reporter Keith Downie.

The Frenchman missed out on the Magpies’ trip to City on Saturday due to a hamstring complaint, with his side losing 3-1 in his absence.

But Downie expects him to be back in action in the coming days.

Sharing photographs of Saint-Maximin at a local to his personal Twitter account, he said: “In hamstring news, he’s set to return to training later this week”.


Newcastle have got off to a pretty dire start this season. Their 1-0 opening day defeat to Arsenal showed flashes of what the Army are capable of, but against  they were lacklustre, devoid of creation, and ultimately very, very poor. Saint-Maximin has yet to start a game for the Magpies, but there have already been hints pf what he can do, and that rampant creativity was certainly missing against the Canaries. In his 23 minutes so far he has a pass completion rate of 100%, has completed two successful dribbles, and been dispossessed just one, as per Whoscored. More importantly, however, he looked lively, and for a side who were as dull and listless as were on Saturday, that shouldn’t be underestimated. The sooner he is fit enough to be starting matches, the better.

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