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Newcastle United star Miguel Almiron sent home from international duty due to fitness issue

Newcastle United’s in-form man Miguel Almiron has been sent home from international duty due to “muscle strain”. The Urracas striker retired after just 45 minutes in Paraguay’s 1-0 loss to Peru on Thursday.

Paraguay failed to qualify for the World Cup but is taking part in a series of South American friendlies to bid farewell to 2022. On Saturday, Almirón’s nation will face Colombia, but the PFA Player of the Month will play no role, along with a host of other big name players.

“In the case of Miguel Almirón, he is not in the delegation due to muscle overload,” said Paraguay’s coach, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, after Peru’s defeat.

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Newcastle players not participating in the World Cup have had a well-deserved rest. Joe Willock and Matt Targett are currently in the United States, Joelinton is enjoying some downtime in Italy and Sven Botman is in Dubai.

Almiron has appeared in every Newcastle game so far this season and will be happy to spend some time off with his family, which he admitted this month was key to him.

“Spending time with loved ones is always important,” Almiron told Chronicle Live. “To be honest, I’m pretty quiet and reserved. I’m not one to have big nights or parties.

“I just enjoy spending time with my family. On a normal day after training we can take my son to play in the park or for a walk, we can go for a coffee. For me those moments are the really special ones in life and for what I live”.

Almiron picked up another award on Thursday, clinching the PFA Premier League Fans’ Player of the Month award for October. The forward already has eight goals to his credit this season.

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