Newcastle United star ‘pretty much 100 per-cent fit’ to face Leeds United amid injury blow
Newcastle United star Miguel Almiron picked up a thigh injury in March and has started just one Premier League game since.
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The Paraguayan netted his 11th goal of the Premier League campaign in a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on March 3 before suffering a thigh injury in training days after.
Almiron started the recent 4-1 win at Everton but has largely been kept out of the starting XI by Jacob Murphy’s strong form. Visiting Elland Road this afternoon (kick-off 12:30pm), the winger is in contention for a recall.
Asked about Almiron’s fitness, Howe said: “I’d say he’s a lot closer [to full fitness] now with the games he’s had.
“Miggy had, although it wasn’t a big injury, it was enough to keep him out for a period of time which, for a player like Miggy whose biggest strength is physical endurance, he needs time to get that match sharpness.
“It’d say he is pretty much 100 per-cent fit now.”
Almiron has enjoyed his best season at St James’ Park since joining from MLS side Atlanta United in January 2019 for £21million. He scored six goals in as many games in October, which saw him win the Premier League Player of the Month award.
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