Steve Bruce reveals why Allan Saint-Maximin missed Newcastle United friendly

Allan Saint-Maximin’s been sidelined with sickness at Newcastle United.
Allan Saint-Maximin.Allan Saint-Maximin.
Allan Saint-Maximin.

Saint-Maximin missed tonight’s 1-1 draw against Rotherham United through illness, and head coach Steve Bruce addressed Saint-Maximin’s absence after the game at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Asked about Saint-Maximin, Bruce told BBC Newcastle: “Not well, he’s sick. It’s a disappointment, but we hope he’s not going to be out for too long.”

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Joelinton (thigh) could be back in action against Burton Albion on Friday night, while Miguel Almiron’s set to return to the club at the weekend.

Jeff Hendrick scored a late equaliser for Newcastle against League One Rotherham. Bruce said: “We played extremely slowly, and got slower. The first half hour, we were nowhere near what’s required, but we’ve worked a lot over the last couple of days. As I’ve said all along, it’s about getting players ready, and having minutes. The accumulation of minutes is vitally important to ourselves.”