Paraguayan outlet Versus has questioned the validity of Miguel Almiron’s injury – and the integrity of Newcastle United in the process.
What’s the story?
The playmaker suffered a knee injury at the back end of February that was deemed as debilitating enough to keep him out of his country’s matches for the World Cup qualifiers.
The qualifiers, which were supposed to take place next week, would undoubtedly have been a smoother ride for the South American side with a key creative outlet in contention – and Versus Radio [via SportWitness] raised questions over why Almiron was not available.
They spoke to Paraguay international goalkeeper Antony Silva, who plays for Mexican side Puebla FC. The shot-stopper claimed that Almiron should be fit and saw no reason why he wouldn’t feature.
“I spoke with Miguel and it’s not as much as they say about his injury. He told me that he’s fine and that he wants to be there”, claimed Silva.
With the qualifiers in South America postponed for health reasons, CONMEBOL and FIFA have yet to announce new dates for the fixtures – adding uncertainty to all parties.
With Bruce since confirming Almiron could be fit to face Brighton, Versus recalled Bruce’s previous incredulity to the suggestion he would be fit.
In that sense, Bruce has accidentally fanned the flames of anger in Paraguay whilst undermining the integrity of himself and the club.