Danny Mills has admitted he is very worried about Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin after it was revealed he will miss most of January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and England defender claimed to be without Saint-Maximin for an extended period is be the “last thing” manager Steve Bruce needs.
The Telegraph reports the Frenchman is not in a fit enough state to train as he is suffering from the effects of long covid after the Newcastle United squad was hit with an outbreak of the virus earlier this month.
Saint-Maximin and captain Jamal Lascelles have both suffered from long covid but Lascelles has returned to full training recently.
Meanwhile, his teammate who has not featured since the Magpies’ 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on November 21, is struggling to return.
“I think it is a worry,” Mills told Football Insider. “Long covid is definitely a thing.
“It’s interesting the fact that it hasn’t really occurred in too many sportsmen so far, up to this point.
“Most sportspeople have got over it quite quickly and the majority have had very few symptoms.
“We haven’t heard much about the long-term effects of it. We’re all different, we’re all individuals and there are the different strains.
“Of course, it is a worry if it’s going to affect breathing, lung issues and respiratory issues.
“If you’re an athlete, which footballers are – that’s the last thing you need.”
Saint-Maximin signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in October but has been limited to just eight Premier League appearances this term.
The 23-year-old’s 587 minutes of top-flight action this season have yielded just one goal.