Newcastle United star ruled out of clash with Man City

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It's set to be an exciting summer for Newcastle United supporters.

While the Premier League are yet to make a decision on the proposed takeover of the club from Amanda Staveley and the Saudi-backed consortium for a sum of £300m, that won't stop them making preparations for the transfer market.

Victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night was followed up by a 2-2 draw against West Ham United which secured survival in the Premier League, meaning that plans can be made for next season.

Steve Bruce will be keen to use the remaining games of this season to finish the season as high as possible, with a finish in the top 10 a realistic possibility.

If Newcastle are to do that then they'll need as many players fit as possible.

Unfortunately that won't be the case going into the clash with Manchester City with Allan Saint-Maximin set to miss out.

The winger has been in stunning form of late but hobbled off in the 2-2 draw with the Hammers, and according to Steve Bruce, he's set to join Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden on the sidelines for the clash with Pep Guardiola's side.

Discussing Saint-Maximin's injury, as quoted by Chronicle Live, Bruce said: "Unfortunately I don't think I could ask Allan to go again on Wednesday, that's for sure.

"Our two, arguably, fittest players in Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have both got hamstring injuries.

"They're not serious but it's two or three weeks which probably rules them out."

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Bruce added: "We'll see where we are [for Wednesday].

"Five games in 15 days in the Premier League is a tough ask.

"We'll see how they all are in the next 24-48 hours."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is a massive blow for Newcastle United.

Allan Saint-Maximin has proven himself to be the club's best player so far this term and to have him missing will be huge for Steve Bruce's side.

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That said, leaving him out against Manchester City could make sense.

With City sure-fire favourites for that clash, resting him means that he's more likely to be fit for the rest of Newcastle's fixtures - matches that they're much more likely to pick up points from.

If he can come back rested and revitalised then it could be massive in helping Steve Bruce guide the Magpies to a top half finish.

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