Steve Bruce reveals Allan Saint-Maximin 'conundrum' at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce says he has a “conundrum” with Allan Saint-Maximin.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 6:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 7:30 pm
Allan Saint-Maximin is treated against Tottenham.

The Newcastle United winger, signed from Nice this summer, suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury minutes into his comeback against Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

And Bruce, preparing his team for Saturday’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield, is proceeding cautiously with Saint-Maximin.

“Saint-Maximin now is doing his rehabilitation work,” said United’s head coach. “He's out on the grass. I think we have got to build his fitness levels before we treat his hamstring, so there’s a bit of a conundrum with him at the moment, because he hasn't really done any pre-season. Because of the knockbacks he's had and the injuries, we haven't been able to get him up to speed to the level I think he requires.”

Meanwhile, striker Dwight Gayle – who spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion – remains sidelined with a calf injury.