On Friday, Newcastle fans heard those five magic words they had been longing to hear – ‘Allan Saint-Maximin is training’.

The French winger had been sidelined for six weeks after a positive virus diagnosis lead to the 23-year-old struggling for fitness owing to the long-term effects of the pandemic.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce confirmed that Saint-Maximin was on his way back, although he is unlikely to be involved as soon as Monday night’s trip to Arsenal.

The Magpies have badly missed the attacking threat of Saint-Maximin in recent weeks and Bruce may let the handbrake off once the winger returns to action.

In the meantime, these Toon fans have reacted with sheer joy as the Frenchman takes a significant step back to full fitness…

Will Allan Saint-Maximin Start Against Arsenal?

Yes

No