Newcastle news: Miguel Almiron’s season is over due to hamstring injury, Magpies confirm
Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Early signs were worrying when the 25-year-old left the field in tears during the Magpies’ 3-1 victory over Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday.
And the Paraguay international now faces a race against time to be fit for this summer’s Copa America.
A statement issued on the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk, said: “Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton.
“The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and, having been assessed by the club’s medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies’ final three matches of the campaign.
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“The club have already been in communication with – and will continue to liaise with – the Paraguayan Football Association ahead of this summer’s Copa America, which the player could still feature in depending on his recovery.”
The Copa America gets under way in Brazil on June 14, with Paraguay opening their campaign against Qatar in Rio two days later.
Almiron has made a good impression since completing his club-record £20million switch to St James’ Park in January.
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Although he is yet to score, he has injected pace and a direct approach into Newcastle’s play to justify manager Rafael Benitez’s faith in him.
In the process, he has helped the Magpies to secure their top-flight status for a third season, a process which was completed a day after their win over the Saints when Cardiff lost to title-chasing Liverpool.
He will miss Saturday’s trip to Brighton before the last home game of the season against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and the final day fixture at relegated Fulham.
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