Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles returns to training after suffering from long Covid but return date for winger Allan Saint-Maximin is still not set
- Jamaal Lascelles has now returned to Newcastle training following illness
- The captain was one of a number of stars caught in the club’s Covid-19 outbreak
- Newcastle confirmed Lascelles had been suffering from long Covid
- Winger Allan Saint-Maximin also suffered but has not yet resumed training
Newcastle have welcomed club captain Jamaal Lascelles back to training, after the defender finally recovered from long Covid.
Lascelles was one of a number of players affected by Newcastle’s recent squad outbreak, which got so bad that their Premier League fixture against Aston Villa had to be postponed.
Newcastle named Lascelles along with winger Allan Saint-Maximin as two players suffering from long Covid, as the club race to bring their stars back to full fitness amid a busy festive period.
Jamaal Lascelles has now returned to Newcastle training following a battle with long Covid
It was confirmed on Thursday that the 27-year-old Lascelles has resumed light training, with photos emerging of him being put through his paces at the club’s base.
Lascelles will remain apart from the rest of the squad while brought back closer to match fitness, and is still expected to miss crunch upcoming fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool.
There is yet no word on when winger Saint-Maximin is to return, despite the Frenchman stating earlier in the week that he feels ‘great.’
The Newcastle captain was in light training on Thursday, working alone on his fitness
The 23-year-old made the usual step of speaking to supporters via a live Q&A on his personal Instagram account, in which he addressed speculation of supposed issues between himself and manager Steve Bruce.
Saint-Maximin said he had ‘love’ and ‘respect’ for Bruce and added: ‘I feel great. I have no problem, nothing. Not injured.’
Fans were left confused by a complete lack of mention of anything Covid-19 related, despite Bruce having days earlier publicly stated that Lascelles and Saint-Maximin were suffering greatly.
Newcastle had confirmed the identity of the ill pair Lascelles and Saint-Maximin after internet rumours of them being involved in a bust-up with Bruce circulated.
No indication has yet been given regarding when winger Allan Saint-Maximin will return
Speaking to fans via Instagram live Allan Saint-Maximin said he has no problem with Steve Bruce, but says he feels ‘great’ despite his manager saying he was suffering from long Covid
Bruce had said: ‘My thoughts are with the two players, and the welfare of them. It’s frightening when you think they are young and fit and absolutely supreme athletes. If anybody needs reminding of how serious this is, then we have witnessed it.
‘We’ve had vomiting, sores, mouth ulcers, no smell, no taste, but the big thing, and which is worrying, is the welfare of one or two of them. It’s not great at all.
‘That long-term Covid is something which you wouldn’t think possible in young, fit athletes. Unfortunately, it is so.
‘They go for a walk for half an hour and then they want to go back to bed.. It’s as brutal as that.’
Lascelles was at St James’ Park to watch the recent 1-1 draw with Fulham but he, like Saint-Maximin, missed Tuesday night’s EFL Cup quarter-final at Brentford which saw Newcastle eliminated from the competition.
WHAT IS LONG COVID?
Long Covid is a term to describe the effects of Covid-19 that continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. The health watchdog NICE defines long Covid as lasting for more than 12 weeks, although some other people consider symptoms that last more than eight weeks to be long Covid.
More details of how many people are affected by long Covid are still emerging, but research suggests around one in five people who test positive for Covid-19 have symptoms for five weeks or longer. For around one in ten people, they last 12 weeks or longer.
In the initial (acute) phase of the illness, severe Covid-19 can cause pneumonia and respiratory failure, which can result in permanent damage and scarring to the lungs.
But Covid-19 is not only a lung illness: it can cause other life-changing complications. In particular, because it can increase the risk of blood clots, it can lead to deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks and stroke. Less commonly, it can cause heart muscle inflammation and heart rhythm disturbances, such as atrial fibrillation. (This isn’t specific to coronavirus – for example, damage to the heart is also known to happen in severe flu).
What are the symptoms?
Most people who had symptoms recovered quickly and were able to resume their normal lives after a few days. But for some, the effects of the virus can last for weeks or months. This has been known as “long Covid”.
For some, it can seem like a cycle of improving and then getting worse again. These long-term effects aren’t only amongst those who needed go to hospital, or even who felt seriously unwell when they first caught the virus.
Lasting symptoms of coronavirus can include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Chest pains
- Joint or muscle pain
- Not being able to think straight or focus (‘brain fog’)
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