Siem de Jong, the former Ajax captain, has had surgery on the collapsed ling he suffered last week, and that’s a serious situation for any sportsman.
Siem de Jong – second collapsed lung
That’s the second time that Siem has had a collapsed lung, and he suffered the first one in August of 2013, and at that time Ajax made the following statement on their web-site on Tuesday, August 13th:
“Siem de Jong was found to have a collapsed lung on Monday. The Ajax captain will spend the next few days at least in hospital.”
“It has not been determined how and when the Ajax player sustained this injury. The total recovery will take at least six weeks.”
In the most recent collapsed lung, Siem elected to have surgery to try to fix the underlying cause, and Siem has only just got out of hospital, after spending a full week recuperating from the operation.
We hope the surgeons have found the weakness that caused the lung to collapse twice, and that they have fully corrected the problem.
And in fact that’s what Newcastle medics are saying – that the Dutchman’s current risk of another collapsed lung is what it is for people who have never suffered a collapsed lung.
So that suggests the surgeons think they have found and fixed the underlying problem- and that could be very good news for Newcastle and for the player himself.
Newcastle have already said it will be about eight weeks for Siem to return, and that would take us to around April 12th, and Newcastle still have six games to play after that date.
So if Siem can come back around that time, he would still be able to play some games before the end of the season, but not too many.
That’s because he would need some games to get match fit, and he hasn’t played for the first team since early September.
And if there are any doubts about him at all, maybe the best thing to do is to hold him back and get him fit and ready for the pre-season, and just forget about him playing again this term.
What do you think?
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