Darren Bent claimed Newcastle United have been dealt a humongous blow with Allan Saint-Maximin facing a spell on the sidelines.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Sunderland attacker revealed that the Magpies will struggle without Saint-Maximin to call upon.

The French winger suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over Southampton and Steve Bruce provided an official update on the attacker after the game by saying he could be out of action for weeks.

Bent explained that he thought Saint-Maximin was key to the way the Magpies play due to his ability to get up the pitch quickly.

When asked if it’s a massive blow to lose Saint-Maximin to injury, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, humongous blow as he is key to what they do.

“Him and Almiron, more so him, the way Newcastle play allows him to do what he does which is get up the pitch in a hurry.

“He’s quick, he’s strong, he’s unpredictable so for me, it’s a big blow and Newcastle are going to struggle without him.

“But hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later.”

Saint-Maximin has played 12 times across all competitions for the Magpies this season and has racked up one goal in the process.

The 22-year-old arrived at St James Park in the summer after joining from Nice, with Newcastle paying £16.5million for his services.

In his 2018/19 campaign at Nice, Saint-Maximin scored six goals and racked up five assists in the 36 appearances he made across all competitions.

In other Newcastle United news, Danny Mills claimed a senior Magpies player is heading for a January exit.