Allan Saint-Maximin definitely won’t play against Burnley, but there’s a chance that Miguel Almiron won’t either.
In his pre-match press conference, Steve Bruce confirmed that the Paraguayan has a problem with is hamstring. This comes just days after it was reported that Saint-Maximin will miss a month of action with his own hamstring injury.
Losing the Frenchman is a massive blow. He’s been an inspirational figure out on the left, and it’s difficult to see how we’re going to cope during his absence. The only thing that could make it worse is if Almiron is on the sidelines too.
For that reason, Bruce might be forced to play it safe and drop the £21 million man to the bench. He can’t afford to have both of his wingers ruled out going into the busy Christmas period.
Taking on Burnley without both Saint-Maximin and Almiron will be difficult, but it’s a marathon not a sprint. If Bruce doesn’t risk Almiron, he should be able to count on him in the coming weeks. If Almiron starts and pulls his hamstring, he’ll be out for at least a month as well.
If he had his time again, Bruce would’ve taken Saint-Maximin off against Southampton before the injury. He won’t want to tempt fate with Almiron as well.