Steve Bruce reveals 'biggest concern' ahead of Newcastle United's FA Cup tie

Allan Saint-Maximin is doubtful for Newcastle United’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion.

Monday, 2nd March 2020, 1:33 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd March 2020, 1:33 pm

The winger was left out of Steve Bruce’s starting XI at the weekend against Burnley at St James’s Park after complaining of a sore hamstring last week. Saint-Maximin came off the bench late in the Premier League fixture, which ended goalless.

And Saint-Maximin – who has been troubled by hamstring problems this season – was today being assessed ahead of tomorrow night’s tie at The Hawthorns, where Newcastle will be backed by more than 5,000 fans.

“We’ve got one or two little issues – Allan’s the biggest concern,” said Bruce. “He was sore yesterday in his back and hamstring area.”

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Otherwise, Bruce’s players came the Burnley came unscathed, though Andy Carroll (hip) remains sidelined. United’s head coach said: “Everyone else seems to be OK from the weekend, although Andy’s not ready.”