Newcastle United officially confirm Allan Saint-Maximin injury as misses Norwich
Steve Bruce revealed his 18 man Newcastle squad to face Norwich at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle fans disappointed to see Allan Saint-Maximin not only missing from the starting eleven but also not named on the bench.
Shortly before kick-off, Newcastle United have officially confirmed the reason for the French winger’s absence. stating that he has a ‘hamstring problem’ keeping him out.
No suggestion though as how long the 22 year old is likely to be out.
Looking at the team and subs today (see below), very little on the bench if Newcastle are looking for creativity and/or goals.
Muto is the only striker on the bench and last season in the Premier League he scored only once and got no assists.
With once again four defenders named on the bench, Sean Longstaff is the only midfielder, left out today as he still isn’t 100% as he recovers from that knee injury.
Newcastle fans were worried about goals and creativity and whether enough had been done in the summer, especially with the two goalscorers leaving.
Carroll was brought in despite being injured/unfit and knowing Gayle was a long way from being available, as he is out injured and has missed all pre-season, Steve Bruce never even having seen him train yet.
Atsu out injured as well but struggles to influence games anyway when fit.
Murphy has gone out on loan, Aarons left out of the Premier League 25 man squad.
Even Elias Sorensen has gone out on a year’s loan to Carlisle, would it not have been worthwhile keeping hold of him at least until the end of the month, Newcastle having an extra two weeks to get players fit after Watford on 31 August as there is a two week international break.
Hopefully today the starting eleven can get the job done!
Newcastle United official announcement:
Summer signing Emil Krafth comes in for his Newcastle United debut as the Magpies take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Swede replaces Javier Manquillo on the right of a five-man backline, as head coach Steve Bruce makes two changes to the side who started Sunday’s narrow defeat to Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
Bruce’s other tweak comes in midfield, where Ki Sung-yueng takes the place of Sean Longstaff. The South Korean will line up alongside Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey in the engine room, the latter having been passed fit after suffering a slight injury against the Gunners.
Krafth, meanwhile, joins Fabian Schär, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie at the back. Martin Dúbravka again starts in goal, with Miguel Almirón and Joelinton up front.
Manquillo and Longstaff join another recent recruit, Dutchman Jetro Willems, on the bench, as well as Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernández and Yoshinori Muto.
However, there is no place for Allan Saint-Maximin, who has sat out United’s trip to Norfolk with a hamstring problem.
Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka, Emil Krafth, Fabian Schär, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Ki Sung-yueng, Jonjo Shelvey, Miguel Almirón, Joelinton.
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernández, Jetro Willems, Sean Longstaff, Yoshinori Muto.
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