Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and star winger Allan Saint-Maximin are suffering from long Covid and struggling to walk

Captain Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United are reportedly suffering 
from ‘Covid-19 long-term effects following the mass outbreak of the club. 
Back in November, after Covid-19 outbreak forced  them to cancel training, Newcastle’s Benton 
headquarters was closed. 
Federico Fernandez and Isaac Hayden reported that during the outbreak, they both tested positive for COVID-19, which saw more than 10 people at the club test positive.
Now, club sources have confirmed that Lascelles and Saint-Maximin have also been struggling with the virus.
The two who last played for Newcastle in their November 21st, 2-0 loss at Chelsea have not trained
since they got the virus, and will only return when they get better. 
Speaking in a pre-match news conference, Steve Bruce said he was concerned for the health of two of his squad, but did not name them.
He said it is ‘frightening’ the impact it has had on two of them, with concern remaining for their long-term health.
‘My thoughts are with the two players, and the welfare of them,’ he said. ‘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. The fatigue is the one thing that has hit them all. For two of them, it’s beyond that. We hope there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but some are finding it a struggle.’

Asked when the two players will come back, Bruce said, ‘I don’t know, really. 
‘It has had negative impact. But it’s not going to be one or two weeks, it’s going to be longer than 
that. 
‘We hope they will recover well and will allow them the time to recover because it’s about their 
long-term health and their well-being. 
‘If, as it seems, one or two of them got long-term Covid, then it’s really hard to deal.’

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