Newcastle United drop Allan Saint-Maximin injury hint as Santiago Munoz gets training call-up

Allan Saint-Maximin has two days left to prove his fitness ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion’s visit to St James’s Park.

Saint-Maximin this week returned to Tyneside from a spell of “intensive treatment” in Monaco. However, the winger – who has missed Newcastle United’s last two games with a calf problem – was not in the training gallery today published by the club.

Speaking after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Brentford, head coach Howe said: “We’re now keeping our fingers crossed, and hoping we can get him ready for next week. I think he’ll be a lot closer for that game. He’s a massive player for us, and we’re very aware that we need him back, but it’s very good to see the team able to cope.”

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Defender Fabian Schar was also not in any of the training photographs.

Allan Saint-Maximin.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old forward Santiago Munoz, signed on loan from Mexican club Santos Laguna last year, was among the Under-23 players who took part in the session.

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