Newcastle United issue Allan Saint-Maximin update ahead of Liverpool amid injury scare

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Allan Saint-Maximin retained his place in Newcastle United’s starting XI for the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe believes Allan Saint-Maximin is gradually getting back to his best at Newcastle United.

The Frenchman has started back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since August when he followed up a man of the match display against Manchester City with a late equaliser at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Although Saint-Maximin continues to divide opinion among supporters, the winger did have a big hand in Miguel Almiron’s equaliser at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Howe, speaking after the 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium, credited the 25-year-old for an “improved performance” having also started against West Ham seven days previous.

Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“With Maxi, he produced an improved performance from last week, and I think that’s him finding his rhythm again after being out for a long time,” said the United head coach.

“I was pleased with him today. Probably in the first two-thirds, he was very good but the final action was missing, though that will come.

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“He needs games for that rhythm to return, but there was lot of good stuff from him too.”

Saint-Maximin has been restricted to just seven starts in all competitions after sustaining a hamstring injury during the early part of the campaign.

There were fears the former Nice winger had picked up a nasty-looking injury after hobbling off inside the remaining 10 minutes on the South Coast. However, Howe is hopeful it is just a knock.

“Miggy (Almiron) and Maxi I don’t think are too bad,” the 45-year-old said. “Miggy, I think got a stamp on his, so I think he’ll be OK. Maxi, I think, was just a knock.

“The concern from today is Joe Willock who has a hamstring problem. We’ll see how he is.”

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