News tonight on the Newcastle web-site that Siem de Jong has suffered a collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and he’s had surgery today to correct the problem, and that means he will be out for another two months and maybe for the rest of the season.
Siem de Jong – just recovered from a torn thigh muscle
This is terrible news for both Newcastle and the player himself, and it seems he had a similar problem back in 2013 when he was still at Ajax.
The 6 times capped Dutch International had surgery today to correct the problem, but this has happened after he’s been out for a full five months with a badly torn thigh muscle.
In fact he could have even played tomorrow night at Crystal Palace.
This is what De Jong told the Newcastle website tonight:
“We are all hopeful that the surgery I have had will ensure I don’t have any repeat of the condition in the future,”
“After four months of hard work getting back to full fitness it is such bad luck to suffer another setback. It’s very sad for me personally, especially since I was almost back in contention and feeling great.”
“I am determined to come back stronger as soon as possible.”
This is really bad news, and it probably means de Jong will not play again this season.
De Jong missed half of his last season at Ajax with injuries – so it’s been an unlucky two years for the 26 year-old withdrawn striker.
It also means that Newcastle will be short of striker now, after we didn’t bother to strengthen the squad last month, presumably because the powers that be thought we have enough points to avoid any relegation fight.
We hope they’re right on that one and remember, even with de Jong fit last August, we still started the season one striker short.
Maybe on the positive side it’s a good chance to give young Adam Armstrong a chance.
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