Newcastle United will welcome back Allan Saint-Maximin when they take on Liverpool on Saturday, head coach Steve Bruce has confirmed.
Saint-Maximin picked an injury during the victory over West Ham that saw him limp as he was withdrawn after yet again another fine display. The Frenchman resumed training earlier this week and is now fit to face the defending champions, Liverpool, at Anfield.
"Allan has only played two 90 minutes this year. He's had an awful time with injury, an awful time with COVID, and that’s the biggest challenge," Bruce said while addressing the media.
"I hope that we can overcome (it) shortly – that you don’t ask me, the first question, 'how’s Allan?' It's every Newcastle supporter I bump into, 'how's Allan?' 'Is Allan fit for the weekend?'"
"He's OK, thankfully. He's trained all week. It was a kick, a knock to his ankle, but he does take a few kicks and he takes a few whacks. It's always going to be a constant uphill battle with him, but he's OK."
However, the Magpies will miss the services of Ryan Fraser who has a groin problem.
"Callum's perfectly OK too, and the addition of Fab Schär, he's worked extremely hard and trained all week. Maybe the weekend is a bit too early for him but the good thing about Fab is that he's desperate to play, as always, so it's good to see him back," he said.
"Karl Darlow, unfortunately, had a small operation on his knee so he'll be out for a few weeks, and the same goes for Ryan Fraser, so that's about it in terms of injuries."
Newcastle are currently 15th on the log with 35 points accumulated from 32 matches.