Some news from Newcastle, courtesy of PA Media. In brief: Shelvey fine, Saint-Maximin doubtful, Carroll a while off:
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has revealed new signing Allan Saint-Maximin is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Norwich. The French summer signing, who was handed a debut as a substitute in last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat by Arsenal, has a hamstring problem and could miss out at Carrow Road, although fellow midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is expected to shake off an ankle injury.
Deadline day signing Andy Carroll remains several weeks away from making a second debut for the club, although Bruce is convinced he will have a significant role to play this season.
He said: “He’s doing a bit of running on the grass. We still think he is gong to be at least four, five weeks away. The big thing with Andy is not to put a timescale on him. He’ll be ready and fit when he is, and if you try to put timescales on it it disappoints him and disappoints everybody else. I’m sure he’s going to have a big part to play. The way I’ve seen him running in the week then hopefully – touch wood he stays OK – he’ll be in in the next few weeks.”
Also new this morning: a freshly-baked batch of transfer rumours, straight from the oven:
It’s Friday, and the weekend is just around the corner, carrying with it a bumper basket full of footballing fun. Here are this weekend’s Premier League fixtures (all times BST):
Arsenal v Burnley (12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Bournemouth (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United (3pm)
Everton v Watford (3pm)
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm)
Norwich City v Newcastle United (3pm)
Southampton v Liverpool (3pm)
Chelsea v Leicester City (4.30pm)
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace (2pm)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United (8pm)
We’ll look ahead to all of those with the usual press-conferential updates, as well as injury news, other news, things that scarcely qualify as news and whatever curveballs the world wants to throw at us. Welcome!