Steve Bruce’s side have already had to cope with the serious blow of losing top scorer Callum Wilson through injury.
However, they have still been able to maintain their recent improvements at least in performances with Saint-Maximin and Almiron playing a key role in their more attack-minded system since Graeme Jones arrived on the coaching staff.
Almiron, though was forced off at half time with a knee injury during their 1-1 draw against Wolves at the weekend. That came after he initially played on until the end of the half after sustaining the knock to his knee. Saint-Maximin was also withdrawn during the game with what appeared to be a potential groin problem.
The Magpies would have been hopeful that the injuries might not have been as bad as they first feared, but it has now been reported that both players are set to be out of action for at least the rest of March.
That is a devastating blow with Newcastle now without their three best attacking players, in a season where they have struggled for goals anyway. The pair will now miss crucial games against West Brom, Aston Villa and Brighton.
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Many Newcastle fans were left fearing the worst now in terms of what this news means for their relegation battle. With many believing that their absence might leave them with too much to do when they return if they have not been able to pick up points in the meantime.