Steve Bruce hints at recall for under-used Newcastle United player
The Newcastle United midfielder, a huge influence on the pitch last season, came on in the 88th minute against Manchester United at St James's Park last weekend.
By then, the game had already gone away from Steve Bruce's side, who lost 4-1 after conceding three late goals.
Bruce – who fielded Joelinton out wide against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team – has a decision to make on Almiron ahead of Sunday’s game against sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Sunday.
United's head coach had left Almiron out of his Newcastle starting XI because the 26-year-old had only just returned from international duty with Paraguay. The game before against Burnley? Almiron, according to Bruce, missed out because of the form of others.
“He didn’t play at the weekend, because he’d been halfway round the world – and just got off a plane,” said Bruce on today’s Zoom press call ahead of the Wolves fixture.
"The game before against Burnley, it was mainly that people had come into the team and played well.”
However, Almiron – who has made one Premier League start, and three appearances off the bench this season – is in Bruce's thoughts ahead of the club’s visit to Molienux.
"I know Almiron very well, he’s a top player, and I’m sure he’ll have a big part to play,” said Bruce. “He’s certainly in my thoughts for the weekend.”