Newcastle United star withdraws from international duty - now a doubt for Chelsea game
Miguel Almiron has withdrawn from international duty after sustaining a hamstring injury during Newcastle United’s 2-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
The 29-year-old was replaced by Matt Ritchie on the half-hour mark at the Vitality Stadium. Speaking after the game, United head coach Eddie Howe said: "He's got a hamstring problem. I hope it's not serious. Of course we all hope that but we don't know at this moment in time quite how bad it is."
Late on Sunday night, Paraguay confirmed Almiron has picked up a grade one biceps femoris muscle injury and will therefore miss World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia.
A statement read: “The medical team of the National Team communicates that, according to the report received from Newcastle United FC (Eng), the player Miguel Almirón suffered a grade 1 muscle injury to the femoral biceps of the right thigh, so he will not be able to be part of the next team qualifying.
“The Albirroja technical and medical team will provide constant monitoring of the footballer throughout this time, knowing his great importance to the group, on and off the field of play.
“The Paraguayan Football Association wishes Miguel Almirón a speedy recovery.”
A grade one injury indicates that Almiron has avoided a lengthy spell on the sidelines but clarity on exactly how long he’ll be out for is yet to arrive.