Howe to make late call on Newcastle winger’s fitness; set to discuss defender’s contract

Newcastle United supervisor Eddie Howe has offered an replace on the health of star winger Allan Saint-Maximin forward of their conflict with Brighton on Saturday.

The French winger has missed Newcastle’s final two Premier League fixtures and Howe has admitted his remains to be but to coach with the squad, however nonetheless may very well be in competition on Saturday afternoon.

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Speaking to the media forward of the Brighton sport, Howe revealed: “Maxi nonetheless hasn’t educated with the group but and we’ll make a late evaluation.

“We’ll need to decide primarily based on how he seems to be and the way his damage standing is after that coaching session. Aside from that, I feel we’re as we had been with staff health pre-Brentford.”

In the absence of Saint-Maximin, Ryan Fraser has stepped up for the Magpies and Howe was fast prime reward to Scottish winger’s contribution.

“He has performed very properly for me on the left [at Bournemouth]. I’ve used him extra off the suitable right here resulting from Maxi preferring that facet too so it’s a tough one. I’ve mentioned earlier than that good gamers can play in a number of positions and Ryan’s proved that.”

Fraser offered the help for Joelinton’s header within the win at Brentford final week and while the Brazilian has struggled for targets ever since his transfer to the membership, Howe believes he nonetheless may very well be a centre-forward, regardless of his current rejuvenation in midfield.

“I feel there’s centre-forward qualities in there. Last week we noticed that – it was an excellent header. It was nice to see him assault the field. His flexibility is one thing we’ll utilise however he’s doing so properly in midfield I’m reluctant to maneuver him.”

Defender Fabian Schar has additionally impressed in Howe’s sides current good kind however the Swiss worldwide is out of contract in the summertime.

Howe has praised Schar’s performances and offered an replace on his contract state of affairs.

“He’s defended very properly. He’s one other one which’s educated rather well. We’re conscious of his contract state of affairs & we’ll be sitting down & discussing issues along with his agent very shortly.”

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