‘Did Newcastle lie regarding the injury of Miguel Almirón?’

That’s a question raised today by Paraguayan outlet Versus, who’ve been keeping an eye on the midfielder’s situation with the Magpies.

It all starts with his knee injury at the end of February. At that time, he was completely ruled out of his country’s matches for the World Cup qualifiers, which were supposed to take place next week.

Back then, Versus Radio interviewed national team goalkeeper Antony Silva, who claimed Almirón should actually be fit in time for those games.

“I spoke with Miguel and it’s not as much as they say about his injury. He told me that he’s fine and that he wants to be there.”

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Now this week, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce confirmed to the English media that Almirón has a chance of playing against Brighton on Saturday. That caused some anger at Versus, who recall that the manager previously found it ‘very ridiculous’ that his player would have any chance of playing in the international matches.

There’s one reason why this controversy won’t get any bigger, and that’s because the World Cup Qualifiers matches in South America have been postponed.

Due to the pandemic, FIFA and Conmebol are not letting the games happen this month, and haven’t announced the new dates yet.