Official update from Newcastle United on Miguel Almiron injury
Wednesday morning has seen Newcastle United give an official update on the injury Miguel Almiron suffered on Saturday.
The striker leaving the pitch in tears with a hamstring injury, Newcastle leading at the time and going on to complete a 3-1 victory over Southampton.
Almiron having a game full of incident as in the first half referee Anthony Taylor failed to send off James Ward-Prowse for a cynical foul, when Almiron and Rondon were two against one with the Southampton player.
The player’s father had already claimed (see below) that Miguel Almiron would miss the rest of this league season and the club have confirmed it.
Though he (Almiron senior) thought the Paraguayan international would be fine for the Copa America this summer. Paraguay have a warm up game on 8 June against Brazil, then their first group game is 16 June (v Qatar), with the final on 7 July if they make it that far.
Newcastle United say they will monitor the situation and liaise with the Paraguayan FA.
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘Miguel Almirón will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton.
The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and having been assessed by the club’s medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies’ final three matches of the campaign.
The club have already been in communication with – and will continue to liaise with – the Paraguayan Football Association ahead of this summer’s Copa América, which the player could still feature in depending on his recovery.’
The Mag – 23 April 2019:
Miguel Almiron had an eventful day on Saturday.
The Paraguayan international at the heart of the action as Newcastle beat Southampton 3-1.
Once again, his movement and pace helped create space and opportunity for others, nobody more so that Ayoze Perez, who made it seven goals in his last seven games at St James Park.
Only the second hat-trick by a Newcastle player in the Premier League these past eight years.
With the game goalless, Miguel Almiron was cynically brought down by James Ward-Prowse, Newcastle fans furious it wasn’t a red card as Almiron and Rondon were two on one with Ward-Prowse the only Southampton player between them and the Saints goal and goalkeeper.
Just after the hour mark, it was game over for Almiron, as he left the pitch in tears after picking up a hamstring injury.
Rafa Benitez confirmed he was one of three injured players [see below], with Hayden and Schar also forced off. The manager relaxed about it though with Newcastle having ensured safety, Benitez saying it simply meant opportunities for others to shine.
It is good news and bad news for the former Atlanta United striker as his father Ruben has now confirmed that Miguel Almiron will be missing for around three weeks.
The bad news for the player is that he will miss the rest of the season but the good news is that he should be fine for the Copa America this summer.
No doubt Rafa Benitez would have preferred Almiron to have a long relaxing summer with it being a frantic period of time, adapting to a new country and language, plus being thrown head first into a relegation struggle.
The first date Miguel Almiron will be targeting is a Paraguay warm-up friendly ahead of the Copa America against Brazil on 8 June.
Then the Copa America kicks off for Almiron’s national side on 16 June with a group game against Qatar, then Argentina (20 June) and Colombia (23 June).
The tournament doesn’t end until 7 July, so it could be a case of Almiron heading straight from international duty to link up with the Newcastle squad for pre-season, missing even the start of that unless Paraguay are knocked out of the Copa Amrica early on,
Ruben Almiron speaking to ABC Color:
“He suffered a muscle contracture and will be out for three weeks.
“It is due to the workload of matches that he has had.
“Now he is going to rest.
“With this recovery and break, I think he will be 100% for the Copa America.
“He will miss Newcastle’s last three games but he has already helped to fulfil the team’s goal, they have already survived [in the Premier League].”
The Mag – 21 April 2019:
“He (Miguel Almiron) was working very hard and it is not easy for a player who was doing well in another country, at a massive club in front of 52,000 fans, to then get injured and maybe have to be out for the rest of the season.
“It is his first injury of this type.
“He was doing well and the fans love him.
“It is a hamstring injury but we will have to see how he is.
“We will have to speak with the doctor and see how he reacts.
“Schar was complaining (about an injury issue) on Friday and we saw him in the first half.
“We weren’t very keen to do any substitutions at the start of the second half because we knew we had one or two little problems. In the end, it was like that.
“It is bad for them (Isaac Hayden also forced off with an injury), but we have other players, and maybe they will get a chance to do their best now.”
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