ALLAN SAINT-MAXIMIN has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury – and faces a battle to be fit for the resumption of the Premier League programme after the international break.

Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson both missed this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth, having picked up injuries towards the end of last month.

Wilson’s recovery from a hamstring injury is on track, and the striker should be available for the trip to Fulham that follows the international hiatus.

However, Saint-Maximin’s hamstring issue is continuing to cause concern, with the winger having suffered a setback in his recovery. As a result, he is already a doubt for the trip to Craven Cottage on October 1.

Howe said: “Callum’s doing very well, we’re really pleased with his progress. He was close for today, but I think we made an early decision that it would have been too big a risk.

“So, we hope that with a bit more time, there’s a chance that the next game could be good for him.

“With Allan, it’s slightly different. He’s had a very minor setback with the physios, so whether or not he’ll be fit after the international break is slightly unclear.

“It’s certainly not long term, but it’s not clear whether he’ll be fit for our next game yet.”