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Almiron a Copa America doubt with season-ending injury

Ayoze Perez's first Premier League hat trick leaves Newcastle 10 points off the bottom three, while leaving Southampton lingering in 16th.

Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron will miss the last three games of the season due to a hamstring injury, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Almiron signed from Major League Soccer champions Atlanta United in January for a club record £20 million. The Paraguay international has made 10 league appearances for Newcastle so far and sustained the injury in the second half of their victory over Southampton on Saturday.

"Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's 3-1 win over Southampton," Newcastle said in a statement.

"The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and having been assessed by the club's medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies'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."

Newcastle said they were in touch with the Paraguayan Football Association's medical staff and that Almiron might still be able to represent his country at Copa America, which starts on June 14.

Saturday's win over Southampton confirmed Rafa Benitez's side will avoid relegation and they face Brighton, Liverpool and Fulham in their final three matches of the season.

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