Rolando Aarons is almost fit again according to Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, but the England U20 International has been told he will have to work hard to get into the first team with so many players in-form and able to play on either wing.
Those in front of him in the pecking order for a position on the wing are Matt Ritchie, Yoan Gouffran and Christian Atsu and they have all been on form since Rolando picked up his injury in the EFL Cup tie against Cheltenham Town on August 23rd.
It was a serious injury – a broken metatarsal in his foot – which initially was expected to keep him out of the side for two months.
Rafa Benitez with Rolando Aarons in pre-season training
But it’s now been a little over that but it’s good news the Jamaican-born winger is close to full fitness again.
This is what Rafa has said today about the fitness of Rolando:
“He’s getting closer.” “He’s running and doing the tests.” “He was fine. He had surgery. He was wearing trainers and now he’s fine with the boots.”
“He’s quite close now for Leeds.” “He has to be fit for a while and then we will give him some time and some minutes.”
“The main thing is to be sure he has no problems and can compete with the rest of the team.”
“Now it’s good in one way because we have very good players, but it’s bad for him because he has to work harder.”
Over the last three season Rolando Aarons has played 22 times with 3 goals and he has shown great potential.
The 20 year-old would improve if he was to get a long run in the side and that could be difficult with so much competition for places at Newcastle these days.
And he has sent out a tweet to thank fans who have believed in him.
Really thankful for people who still believe in me. You guys keep me going ?????
— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) November 11, 2016