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Miguel Almiron – Confirmation that his summer of football is now definitely at an end

7 months ago

For Miguel Almiron, the final confirmation that his busy summer of football is now at an end.

On Monday night in Brazil, making his sixth start in three and a half weeks for Paraguay, Miguel Almiron collapsed to the turf clutching the back of his left thigh.

With 30 minutes gone of a Copa America group game against Uruguay, the Newcastle star passed the ball and as he set off to get a return pass, he came to a complete stop and went down with nobody around him.

Miguel Almiron helped from the pitch in tears with what looked a bad injury, after two World Cup qualifiers and this the fourth of four Copa America group games, it looked like the Newcastle star’s summer of football could well be over.

After tests, the Paraguay medical staff gave a brief update on the Newcastle player’s situation, confirming it was a ‘muscle edema’ injury, but no idea of how long he would be out for.

Friday night in Brazil saw Paraguay take in Peru in a very dramatic Copa America quarter-final. At various points of the game Paraguay were 1-0 up, 2-1 down, then 3-2 down in the last minute, only for Avalos to score in the final seconds. Paraguay had played the entire second half with ten men, then Peru also had a man sent off and had to play the final five minutes with equal numbers – 10 v 10.

No extra-time and so straight to penalties, both sides missing two of their five penalties and in sudden death, Peru scoring but Paraguay failing. Final score Peru 3 Paraguay 3 (Peru win 4-3 on penalties).

No sign of Miguel Almiron either on the pitch or amongst the substitutes, Paraguay no doubt wondering if he would have made the difference in either / both the 90 minutes and the spot-kick shoot-out.

So as we wait for a further update on Almiron’s injury situation, regardless of that we know his busy summer of football is over.

Fingers crossed his injury turns out to be not to be as bad as it first looked, enabling him to join in with Newcastle’s pre-season preparations sooner rather than later. The main part of the Newcastle squad starting pre-season on Monday (5 July) in only two days time.


Wednesday 9 June

Summer transfer window opens.

Wednesday 9 June

Paraguay 0 Brazil 2 – Miguel Almiron playing the full game.

Friday 11 June

Euro 2020 finals kick-off with Turkey 0 Italy 3.

Saturday 12 June

Switzerland 1 Wales 1 – Fabian Schar playing his first full 90 competitive minutes in over four months.

Sunday 13 June

England  1 Croatia 0

Monday 14  June 

Scotland 0 Czech Republic 2

A decent display from Scotland but undone by one very good goal and another exceptional one, Ryan Fraser coming on with 23 minutes to go.

Slovakia 2 Poland 1

Martin Dubravka celebrating his first ever game in a major finals and it was a winning one.

Sweden 0 Spain 0

Emil Krafth played the final 15 minutes as an all hands to the pump rearguard action saw Sweden pick up an unlikely point.

Paraguay 3 Bolivia 1

Miguel Almiron and his teammates absolutely dominated with 34 shots to 4 from Bolivia and 79% possession, recovering from going behind to a 10th minute VAR penalty, three second-half goals gave them a deserved victory.

Wednesday 16 June

Premier League fixtures released at 9am. Newcastle facing West Ham at home in their first match of the new PL season.

Switzerland 0 v Italy 3

An uncomfortable night for Fabian Schar, Italy looking good and going 2-0 up thanks to a goal from Locatelli in both halves before the Newcastle defender was subbed. Italy adding a third goal late on.

Friday 18 June

Slovakia 0 Sweden 1

Martin Dubravka pulling off one of the saves of the tournament but then gave away the decisive spot-kick, Sweden’s Forsberg scoring despite the Newcastle keeper going the right way.

Scotland 0 England 0

Ryan Fraser an unused substitute as Scotland produce the best chances in a poor dull match.

Sunday 20 June

Switzerland 3 Turkey 1

Fabian Schar dropped to the bench after Switzerland lost 3-0 to Italy on Wednesday and was an unused sub today.

A win for the Swiss and defeat for Wales (1-0 against Italy) but it needed a five goal turn around as well. the Swiss left needing two more goals to have finished second in the group and automatic qualification. So instead Wales join Italy in the last 16 and Fabian Schar and Switzerland must now wait and see if they are one of the four of six clubs to finish third in their group but still go into the knockout stages.

Monday 21 June

Fabian Schar celebrates as defeats for Finland and Ukraine mean that they finish third in groups B and C respectively, both on three points. Which means the Newcastle defender and Switzerland now guaranteed to be one of the four best third placed teams having ended their group A matches with four points.

Emil Krafth another Newcastle United player through to the last 16, as Sweden are top of their group with four points and one game to play against Poland on Wednesday.

Paraguay 0 Argentina 1

Miguel Almiron and Paraguay were the more dominant team but couldn’t find a goal, losing only a second game in their last eleven. This Copa America group clash saw Lionel Messi create a bit of history, becoming the joint most capped Argentina player, now on 147 caps which is the same as Javier Mascherano.

Tuesday 22 June

Scotland 1 Croatia 3

Ryan Fraser introduced in the 70th minute from the bench, with Scotland 2-1 down and needing to win to qualify.

Instead Perisic finished them off when making it 3-1 on 77 minutes, the Newcastle winger unable to change the flow of the game as the Scots bowed out of the competition, the first NUFC player to do so.

England 1 Czech Republic 0

A slightly better England performance than the first two, Grealish and Saka easily England’s best two players and they were part of the move that won the game. A superb Grealish cross which made it impossible to miss for Sterling’s header. England having three efforts on target, which equals the combined first two games (two v Croatia, one v Scotland).

Wednesday 23 June

Slovakia 0 Spain 5

A case of the good, the bad and the ugly for Martin Dubravka. A brilliant save from a 12th minute penalty, a horror own goal to put Spain in the lead, then little he could do after that as an all dominant opposition attacked at will, scoring four more goals. Slovakia without a corner or shot on target all game. This means Slovakia exit Euro 2020, as their three points and -5 GD wasn’t enough to be one of the four best third placed teams in the six groups.

Sweden 3 Poland 2

Emil Krafth played the final 22 minutes for Sweden. Coming on at 2-2, the Newcastle defender helping his country to a 3-2 win, Claesson scoring in added time. Sweden had already qualified but this result means they have topped the group.

Thursday 24 June

Paraguay 2 Chile 0

A perfect night for Miguel Almiron, as Paraguay qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2021 Copa America.

The Newcastle star was man of the match as Samudio scored from his perfectly delivered corner and then Miggy himself scored from the penalty spot to ensure the win.

Monday 28 June

Paraguay 0 Uruguay 1

Miguel Almiron making his sixth start for Paraguay this month, with qualification for the Copa America quarter-finals already assured before this defeat.

However, an absolute nightmare as on 30 minutes the Newcastle star passed the ball and as he set off to get a return pass he went down with nobody around him clutching the back of his left thigh.

Miguel Almiron leaving the pitch in tears with what looks a bad hamstring injury. Very unlikely to see him again at Copa America which has less than two weeks left to run and massive concerns for Newcastle, his participation in pre-season and indeed whether he will now be ready for the new season in just over six weeks time.

Switzerland 3 France 3 (Switzerland win 5-4 on penalties AET)

Fabian Schar introduced in extra time, the 97th minute of an extraordinary match, with the score at 3-3.

The Newcastle defender playing his part in ensuring tournament favourites France didn’t win it in the extra half hour and then all about keeping your cool. Nobody does that much better than Fabian Schar, he coolly scored Switzerland’s second penalty of the shootout, the Swiss triumphant as Mpabbe missed and an incredible night of football ends with the NUFC defender and teammates in the last eight.

Tuesday 29 June

Sweden 1 Ukraine 2 (AET)

Emil Krafth an 83rd minute sub and introduced with the score at 1-1.

Sweden having a man sent off in extra-time and Ukraine eventually made that advantage count, scoring in the final seconds to avoid the need for penalties. Krafth exiting the competition means Newcastle United only have Fabian Schar in the quarter-finals.

Friday 2 July

Switzerland 1 Spain 1 (Spain win 3-1 on penalties AET)

It is all over for Fabian Schar. Introduced in the 100th minute with 20 minutes of extra-time left to play, the Newcastle defender helped his side complete a brave committed performance, keeping the score at 1-1 despite the Swiss having been a man down after a red card in the 77th minute for Freuler.

Playing for a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, Busquets failed with Spain’s first and Switzerland scored their first penalty of the crucial shoot-out through Gavranovic. However, that was the end of the positives, Spain scoring their next three as Switzerland missed all of their next three, Fabian Schar the first of them as his coolly taken penalty lacking pace this time ended up making it an easy save for the keeper as he guessed the right way.

Peru 3 Paraguay 3 (Peru win 4-3 on penalties)

A dramatic game in Brazil seeing Paraguay exit after losing in a penalty shoot-out, just like Fabian Schar.

Miguel Almiron would normally have been one of the penalty takers but no sign of him either on the pitch or bench. The Newcastle star having suffered a ‘muscle endema’ injury in the game on Monday when Paraguay lost to Uruguay.

Peru now progress to the Copa America semi-finals whilst Paraguay head home, as we await further news on how serious Almiron’s injury is.

Monday 5 July

Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.

Saturday 10 July

Copa America final in Argentina.

Sunday 11 July

Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley.

Sunday 18 July

Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day.

Away at York City with a 2pm kick-off and away at Harrogate Town.

Harrogate have now stated on their website that their NUFC friendly is also a 2pm kick-off (these games linked to training camp at nearby Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer).

Tuesday 27 July

Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.

Friday 30 July

NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Sunday 15 August

Newcastle kick off at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 21 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.

Saturday 28 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.

Monday 30 August

First international break starts.

Tuesday 31 August

Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.

Monday 4 October

Second international break starts.

Monday 8 November

Third international break starts.

Monday 21 March 2022

Fourth international break starts.

Sunday 22 May 2022

Premier League 2021/22 season ends.


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