Rolando Aarons came on in the second half of the home game against Crystal Palace on 30th August, and turned the game around with an excellent goal from a header, and then an assist, and Newcastle were leading 3-2 going into an incredible seven minutes of stoppage time added on by the referee.
Rolando Aarons after scoring against Crystal Palace
And Mike Williamson had put Newcastle ahead with his first goal in almost five years at the club – so it looked like we would win the gamer and that would be the story line.
But we couldn’t hold on and after a full five minutes of stoppage time Wilfried Zaha equalized, when he hit the ball home past a number of Newcastle players into the net.
The 18-year-old winger who we signed from Bristol City two years ago then played for the England U20 side, but when he returned to Newcastle he pulled a hamstring in training – an injury that happens far too many times to Newcastle players in training – for whatever reason.
But the really good news is that Rolando will return to training on Monday, and he will likely be in the squad for the home game against Liverpool next Saturday.
This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday about the youngster who was born in Jamaica:
“He is not in the squad but he is pretty close,” “We think he will train on Monday.”
If we can avoid defeat at White Hart Lane tomorrow, the stage will be set for a terrific game at home to Liverpool next Saturday in the early kick-off game (12:45 pm), and we should be able to field a strong side at that time, and even win the game.
We do have a tough trip to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, so we will play three games in the next six days against three top clubs. 🙁
Rolando looked just great in pre-season on the left wing, and so far he has made three appearances for the first team with one goal, and it will be a boon have him back in the squad.
You can follow us on our three social media sites below: