After a vast number of players sidelined through injury, it will be a welcome relief to Steve Bruce to have both Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin in the Newcastle squad for the Brighton game on Saturday.
In Andy Carroll’s case, it will be an opportunity for him to make his second debut for the Magpies, and while Saint-Maximin has made a couple of brief appearances, it will feel like a debut for the Frenchman if he gets some minutes on the pitch.
Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin named in squad for Brighton game #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) September 20, 2019
It is sure to give a lift to the players and coaching staff to have the injury crisis – which is what it has been – finally starting to clear.
With the added news that Sean Longstaff should be available for Leicester City next weekend, and a likely return the week after for Matt Ritchie, it has suddenly turned into a good week for the Newcastle head coach.
He will, of course, want to round it all off with a win against Graham Potter’s Seagulls, and if that comes courtesy of a goal from Miguel Almiron, then it would arguably be the icing on the cake.
But although it should be seen as a positive, not all fans have reacted that way, with many concerned that – with Saint-Maximin particularly – players are being rushed back too quickly, while other fans are a little more cynical about the news.
Here are a few of the Twitter reactions:
Can’t wait to see Andy Carroll come on for 8 minutes🙄
While we fail to win yet another home match under Steve Bruce.
— Rafa Facts (@FactsRafa) September 20, 2019
Just sit Carroll in the box and tell Shelvey to aim for his head. Bosh.
— Dave Robson-Beck (@greatbigdave) September 20, 2019
Ticket sales must be shoddy. Neither will get off the bench.
— Josh (@JoshDWR) September 20, 2019
Now I’m not getting my hopes up but lets hope they are used as impact players in their first game back and more importantly are fully fit
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) September 20, 2019
Saint-Maximim is in the squad? I thought he was a few weeks off. I hope we’re not bringing him back early again
— Matt Brown (@MattJB8818) September 20, 2019
Ticket sales poor then!!
— michael edmunds (@micked09) September 20, 2019
Great Bruce can revert to his favoured hoof ball up to the big man…..oh joy
— Zaines (@stevowalton55) September 20, 2019
— john (@mulley85) September 20, 2019
Absolutely ridiculous. Rushed back again. Wait another week or two and make sure they’re up and running.
— ajf (@foxaj) September 20, 2019