Newcastle star Saint-Maximin ‘would have been dropped’ by Bruce before injury

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce was reportedly set to drop Allan Saint-Maximin to the bench for the Magpies' game against Crystal Palace, before a muscle injury ruled the winger out of contention altogether.

Saint-Maximin has scored one goal and provided one assist in eight Premier League appearances so far and the winger came in for criticism from Alan Shearer after Newcastle's 2-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend.

Speaking on the BBC's Match of the Day, Shearer said: "The manager has to take responsibility because he sent the players out. They were very negative, there were nowhere near enough ideas going forward but also players have to take responsibility.

"They have to be braver in possession, work harder closing people down.

"Jamaal Lascelles as a captain and a leader has to stop demanding protection from midfielders in front of him and Allan Saint-Maximin hasn't broken a sweat since signing his new six-year contract."

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Bruce was set to drop Saint-Maximin to the bench for the Palace clash.

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However, the 23-year-old is said to have suffered an injury in training and is not involved at all.

Speaking ahead of the game against Palace, Bruce addressed criticism from supporters, saying: "We have got the best and most unique band of supporters the country probably has. That’s what makes this great club unique. The support we’ve got is unbelievable.

"They’re right that they’re not happy at the minute, because they’re not seeing their team play well enough. Move on, focus on the next game, get a response from them, stay as positive as we can and try to improve.

"At the end of the day, we’re all judged on results and where we finish. We would have liked to have been a bit higher last year, but that’s where we are.

"At this particular moment, we’re around where we finished last season so my focus is on trying to improve. In my mind, I still don’t think I’ve picked the team I would like to pick just yet, for one or two reasons.

"I understand that, with the Premier League, it’s about getting a result and playing well, and when you don’t then you come under scrutiny. It’s as simple as that.

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