Newcastle United star ruled out of Everton clash amid training ground update

Allan Saint-Maximin has returned to Newcastle United’s training ground as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

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Allan Saint-Maximin is back at Newcastle United’s training ground - but is unlikely to feature against Everton on Thursday night (kick-off 7:45pm).

The 25-year-old returned to the UK at the beginning of the week after spending just over a fortnight in France working on his recovery.

Saint-Maximin picked up a hamstring injury during the 5-1 win over West Ham United on April 5 and has missed games against Brentford, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Magpies’ head coach Eddie Howe initially told the media he hoped the Frenchman would be back in time for Spurs. However, the 45-year-old revealed in the build-up to the game, which United won 6-1, Saint-Maximin’s recovery was taking a little longer than anticipated.

“There hasn’t been a setback, it’s just taken maybe a little bit longer than initially thought but no major setback,” Howe said. “With hamstring injuries, we have to be careful.”

NewcastleWorld reported before the 3-0 defeat at Villa that Saint-Maximin was facing a slightly extended spell on the sidelines. Indeed, this week’s visit to Goodison Park is expected to come too soon for the former Nice winger.

Prior to his injury, Saint-Maximin had started four consecutive games - his best run in the starting XI since August - and claimed back-to-back assists in victories over Manchester United and West Ham.

It has, however, largely been a frustrating campaign for the player, with an early season hamstring issue restricting him to 11 Premier League starts.

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