Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, and Ryan Fraser’s absence forced Everton vs Newcastle United to be postponed

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Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, and Ryan Fraser’s injuries have contributed to the postponement of the Premier League game between Everton and Newcastle United.

The players were available for the Newcastle United Premier League game against Manchester United which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Allan Saint-Maximin who has been in extraordinary form for Newcastle United so far this season scored in the 1-1 draw but got injured before the end of the game. It was confirmed after the game that he has sustained a calf injury.

Before the injury, Allan Saint-Maximin who joined Newcastle United from OGC Nice for a transfer fee worth โ‚ฌ18 million has scored four goals and provided three assists in all competitions.

The injury of the 24-year-old French left-winger and that of the other two players – Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser made it clear that Newcastle United would not have enough players to execute their game against Everton.

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Premier League board “accepted Newcastle United’s postponement application as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to Covid-19 cases and injuries”, a statement from the league body said.

Recall that after the 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Howe lamented that injuries and coronavirus infections in his team might force Newcastle United not to have enough players for the forthcoming games.

“Callum’s injury looks severe, weeks maybe months,” the coach of Newcastle United, Eddie Howe told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I feared for him when he went down with nobody around him. A pull, not a knock.”

Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, and Ryan Fraser's absence forced Everton vs Newcastle United to be postponed
File photo of Coach Eddie Howe of Newcastle United in a training session with Allan Saint-Maximin.

As it stands, only Everton vs Newcastle United’s Premier League game scheduled for Thursday, December 30, 2021, has been confirmed postponed.

The fixture is the 16th Premier League fixture that has been postponed due to a high number of coronavirus infections and injuries so far in December 2021.

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At the time of publishing this report, the Premier League board has not confirmed when all the Premier League games that have been postponed will be played.

All things being equal, the Premier League board might decide to fix the postponed fixtures in the 15-midweek slots that are still available in the remaining parts of the 2021-2022 season.

However, some of the midweek slots might clash with European club competitions which could make things more difficult, especially for clubs playing in the continent.

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