Steve Bruce left 'hamstrung' by injuries to these two Newcastle United players

Steve Bruce says Newcastle United have been left “hamstrung” by the injuries which have sidelined Allan Saint-Maximin and Dwight Gayle.
Allan Saint-Maximin.Allan Saint-Maximin.
Allan Saint-Maximin.

Winger Saint-Maximin, signed from Nice this summer in a £16.5million deal, missed Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Norwich City with a hamstring problem. Striker Gayle, meanwhile, has a calf problem.

Asked if Saint-Maximin would be available at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, head coach Bruce said: “We hope so. He's a little bit sore. He's not really had a hamstring injury before, so we obviously have to box a little bit clever.

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“The one thing we couldn't risk was if he played and tears it then he's out for weeks and months, so unfortunately, with him and Dwight Gayle, we’ve become a little bit hamstrung – pardon the pun – in that area.”

Meanwhile, striker Joelinton, signed from Hoffenheim this summer, suffered a hip injury at Carrow Road.