After the shock of hearing late last night that Siem de Jong had suffered another collapsed lung, his second in 18 months, we were looking around for some good news this morning and we found it – it’s that Rolando Aarons will finally return to training next Monday.
Rolando Aarons in action at the Etihad Stadium in October
It was always unlikely that Siem de Jong would play tonight at Crystal Palace, but to have him suffer a second major injury after being out five months with a badly torn thigh muscle, must be really hard to take for the player, let alone the fans.
Siem will now essentially miss the whole season for Newcastle, and he has made only three substitute appearances all season.
And it looks like Sammy Ameobi will miss the game tonight, after picking up a knock in the second half of the 1-1 draw against Stoke on Sunday, but we do have Gabby Obertan fit again, and Yoan Gouffran is also available to come in for him tonight.
Rolando Aarons has, like Siem de Jong, missed much of the season through injury, and he has struggled with a hamstring injury since early September, and the 19 year-old has appeared only five times for the side with two good goals.
He was played while still not fully recovered from a hamstring injury in the League Cup tie at Manchester City, where he scored after six minutes, and we are just hoping that everything is fine with Rolando’s hamstring.
We remember when Michael Owen was still a teenager and Liverpool played him while not fully recovered from a hamstring strain, and Michael had problems with his hamstring after that, and he lost the terrific speed he had when younger.
But hey – John Carver had some good news for a change today – and this is what the caretaker manager has revealed:
“Rolando will start work with Dave Billows, fitness and conditioning guy, on Thursday.” “He will start training with us on Monday.”
While not wanting to sound like a broken record, Newcastle must get to grips as to why we have so many more injuries than other clubs in the Premier League each season.
There’s something wrong somewhere.
It will be good to have Rolando Aarons back in the squad, and maybe he will play at Manchester City a week on Saturday.
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