Longstaff back v Leicester, Saint-Maximin to be assessed

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Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has recovered from an injury and is expected to return against Leicester City on Sunday, according to Ben Dinnery.

The injury analyst and reliable journalist also claimed that Newcastle United attacker Allan Saint-Maximin will be assessed ahead of the game after picking up a slight hamstring problem in the 0-0 draw with Brighton on Saturday.

Dinnery, who has 111.6k followers, revealed on his personal Twitter account that Dwight Gayle, Florian Lejeune, and DeAndre Yedlin are all expected to miss out on the trip to the King Power Stadium.

It is suggested that Saint-Maximin is the only fresh injury worry after the winger came on and helped Newcastle look more lively against Brighton.


Well, this news is surely a double-edged sword for Steve Bruce, who will welcome back Longstaff into the fold but potentially lose one of his most dangerous-looking attackers for the clash with the Foxes. Both players are vital for Bruce, with Longstaff potentially fixing the problem created by a lacklustre Jonjo Shelvey in the heart of midfield, whereas Saint-Maximin is comfortably Newcastle’s most exciting forward. Shelvey failed to make a single tackle against Brighton and was a bystander for the majority of the game as the Seagulls dominated possession. Longstaff will come back in and add much-needed grit and determination in Bruce’s side, at a time where they desperately need that. Saint-Maximin, on the other hand, would be a massive loss. The 22-year-old is currently averaging 12.6 dribbles per 90 minutes according to WhoScored and is the Magpies’ biggest threat going forward as he can skip past players with ease and create chances – something others haven’t managed yet. Bruce will be delighted to have Longstaff available, but the potential to lose Saint-Maximin will be at the front of his mind throughout the week.

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