Miguel Almiron’s injury looks like it could hand Elliot Anderson another chance in the Newcastle first-team.

The 27-year-old came off at half-time in the 1-1 draw with Wolves, having been unable to recover from a first half injury.

Ryan Fraser took his place at the tip of the diamond, but it’s not a role he’s suited to.

On top of that, Allan Saint-Maximin’s injury might force Fraser to play out wide in the coming weeks.

Therefore, Steve Bruce will have to look elsewhere for Almiron’s replacement.

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But could Elliot Anderson be the man for the job?

The midfielder was conspicuous by his absence on Monday afternoon, not featuring in the under-23s game against Reading.


This comes as a surprise, as Anderson played last week for the youngsters against West Brom, helping himself to a goal.

The 18-year-old has been a regular in the first-team squad for a while now, but hasn’t been on the bench for the last four games.

But with Almiron injured, Anderson’s under-23s absence hints at a return to first-team action.

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While losing Almiron is a huge blow, it will be exciting to see what the teenager can do.

Anderson has made two first-team appearances off the bench and looked extremely comfortable with senior football.

If Bruce does indeed call upon Anderson to replace Almiron, then he has a real chance to announce himself as a star on Tyneside.

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