French winger Allan Saint-Maximin (ASM) is a big doubt for Newcastle United ahead of their Premier League trip to face London team Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium. The Frenchman was confirmed as doubtful for the game by his manager due to injury. In his pre-match chat with media practitioners on Friday, Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe said that Saint-Maximin has been getting intensive treatment away from the team and that a late call would be made on his availability for the Brentford game.

Saint-Maximin missed the 1-1 draw at West Ham United in the league last weekend after he picked up a calf injury during the penultimate league game against visitors Aston Villa. He has been one of the best players at Newcastle United this season as they set sights on pulling away from the relegation zone between now and the remainder of this season starting with the Brentford game.

In the earlier league fixture between hosts Newcastle United and Brentford, there was no winner after the game ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw. It was the first game under the Eddie Howe managerial era at Newcastle United, but he missed it due to Covid-19 with assistant manager Jason Tindall taking his place in the dugout.

Newcastle United have picked up ten points from their last four league games and that has enabled to move out of the relegation zone as far as the Premier League log is concerned. They are currently two points clear of Burnley who are third from bottom on the log.

For Brentford, they have been boosted with the news that new signing Christian Eriksen will make his debut against the Magpies. The Dane is expected to play his first competitive game since he suffered a heart attack while playing for his country at the Euro 2020 tournament.