Newcastle United have confirmed that Paraguay forward Miguel Almiron will miss the remaining three games of their Premier League season due to a hamstring injury.
The 25-year-old has been hugely impressive for the Magpies since his arrival in January from MLS outfit Atlanta United.
Almiron has yet to score for the Tynesiders but his influence has helped Rafa Benitez's side win seven league games since the turn of the year to ensure that they will be playing top-flight football again next season.
However, the pacy left-footer will now have to sit out the games against Brighton, Liverpool and Fulham, while hoping to be fit to feature for his country at the Copa America.
An official statement from the Magpies read: "Miguel will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's 3-1 win over Southampton.
"He was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and, having been assessed by the club's medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies' final three matches of the campaign."
Benitez had earlier told the Chronicle while waiting on the verdict on Almiron: "He was massive for us from day one. He was giving everybody a lift with his pace, work-rate and his assists.
"We signed Almiron, then Rondon was playing better and Ayoze was playing better. Why? Because Almiron can run in behind, provide assists and then Rondon has more time – Ayoze is the same."
Without Almiron, Newcastle are 5/2 to win at Brighton on Saturday, with Perez 3/1 to score at any time in the game, while Rondon can be backed at 13/5.
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