Newcastle United’s superb victory over Tottenham at the weekend came at a cost with Allan Saint-Maximin suffering a hamstring injury. The Magpies headed to north London in terrible form with few, if any, giving them a chance of getting even a point from the game against the would-be title challengers, Spurs.
Steve Bruce had overseen two disappointing results with the 1-0 opening-day reverse at home to Arsenal, compounded by a 3-1 defeat to Premier League new-boys Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Bruce found himself under pressure going to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after the start endured but, ahead of the game, had suggested that the fact they were such big underdogs meant that they could possibly surprise a few people with no pressure on their shoulders at all.
And so it proved, with Joelinton scoring his first goal for Newcastle following his club-record £40m move from Hoffenheim earlier this summer with what turned out to be the winner in the first half, holding Harry Kane and co at bay to collect their first points of the season.
There were plenty of positives take from performances across the park for the Magpies, not only the effort of the Brazilian striker, but the defence as a unit bounced back tremendously from their performance against the Canaries to register their first clean sheet.
However, the story of the day was not so rosy for summer signing Saint-Maximin as he was forced to leave the field after just 17 minutes with a recurrence of the hamstring injury that had kept him out of the Norwich defeat.
Bruce, who had sought advice from former boss Sir Alex Ferguson before the game, described the setback as “a nightmare” for Newcastle as he ponders his options ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Leicester City and, perhaps more importantly, Saturday’s home clash with Premier League basement boys, Watford.
Match-winner Joelinton was also substituted at Spurs, as was captain Jamaal Lascelles due to a calf injury, but Bruce has indicated neither will be on the sidelines for very long, if at all. “Saint-Maximin’s a recurrence of a hamstring, and that’s a nightmare for us unfortunately,” Bruce told the Shields gazette. “The other ones, we’re not too worried about, although whether they’re going to be ready for Wednesday (against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup) is another big call. “Certainly, Saint-Maximin is the most difficult one, because he’s had a recurrence of a hamstring, which is a shame for him. Big Joe has run himself to a standstill I think. Jamaal has got a calf, but we don’t think it’s too serious.”
Whether they play against Leicester, unbeaten so far this season, may have been debatable anyway, particularly with Watford – the one side below them in the table – looming large on the horizon, with Bruce likely to prioritise the Premier League this season, given Newcastle are one of the favourites to go down.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.