Allan Saint-Maximin returns to Newcastle training ground ahead of Arsenal clash in major injury boost
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Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin has provided a positive update on his recovery from a hamstring injury, with his side's clash against Arsenal on the horizon.
The Frenchman has missed the last three games with the problem, which he suffered during his side's 5-1 win over West Ham on April 5.
Jacob Murphy has stepped up to replace the winger, starting all three of those games and netting a brace in the 6-1 thrashing of Spurs.
But the dynamic of Saint-Maximin, who causes major problems for defences with his pace, agility and skill on the ball, has been missed by the Magpies, and his return would be a welcome boost for Eddie Howe's side as they look to seal Champions League group stage qualification for the first time since the 2002/03 season.
Now, the player himself has posted an update on social media.
Saint-Maximin posts injury update ahead of Arsenal clash
Taking to his official Instagram account, Saint-Maximin posted a story which shows two exercise bikes at the club's Darsley Park training ground - an indication that he is preparing for a return to action.
The winger has been in France during his recovery, and his return to England therefore represents a boost for Newcastle as they enter a critical phase of the season.
The Magpies have two games this week, with a trip to Everton on Thursday followed by a home game against Southampton on Sunday.
The following week, on May 7, Howe's side take on Arsenal at St James' Park - which could represent Saint-Maximin's return to action.
Speaking ahead of the Spurs win, the Newcastle boss stated that the plan was for the winger to be back in England on Monday, with the player's social media post confirming that is the case.
Howe explained (quotes via Chronicle Live): "There's not been a setback and it's taken a little bit longer than we hope. With hamstring injuries we have to be careful.
"He's not in the country and joins us on Monday. He's ok."