Winger Closing In On Surprise Return For Newcastle

Rolando Aarons is training with the first team squad and has been for a few weeks now and that’s after he’s been out only a little four months with his serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

It usually takes a lot more time than that to recover from one of the worst injuries you can suffer in football.

Obviously the length of the recovery time is dependent on how bad the injury is, but Rolando has done very well indeed in returning so quickly.

Rafa Benitez with Rolando Aarons last summer

Rolando suffered his knee injury in training in mid-November and it was thought at the time he would be out for the rest of the season.

But Rafa Benitez is not going to rush him back, since he doesn’t want to take any risks, but Rolando will be fit and ready to go in pre-season in early July, when we are all hoping we can be back in the Premier League.

And maybe he can help us in the last few games of the season?


This is what Rafa said yesterday about Rolando as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“Usually, you expect from a cruciate ligament injury for it to be six to eight months.”

“But for Rolando, after four months, is now doing full training sessions with the team.”

“We’re really pleased, but we will not rush him, because we don’t need to. We don’t want to take the risk.”

Rolando is an exciting and talented young player but over the last three years he has suffered a number of injuries which have limited his appearances in the first team.

He has made 22 appearances with three goals and Rafa will be hoping he can stay fit next season.

The manager will be able to get the very best out of the 21 year-old winger who has great skills and if he can reach his undoubted potential he can turn out to be a top player for Newcastle United.

That’s what we are hoping for.

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28 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    With Rolando, it’s really tempting to give him some minutes before season’s end.. This season has been a non event for the poor guy, it would be great for him to play a little come back after the summer for preseason with the feeling that he has at least been back playing and involved.
    As I said though, huge risk for that benefit, given his lack of any football for so long.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Match day is here! I am on my second filter coffee, been awake since before 6 and even more buzzin than ever to get to the ground.

  • toontaff2

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3


    Anita Lascalles Hanley Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Gouff
    5-1 the Toon!

  • toontaff2

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking like short sleeves, maybe shorts!!! 😛
    Time for the milk bottle legs to get some rays!
    Rafa has said all season April was the deciding month so here goes!!

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Cast ne’er a clout til May is out!
    It could be snowing n the toon this afternoon man!

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Been looking at the form table..
    If any of the top 3 might get a shock today it could be Brighton. Blackburn have come back from the dead, 5th on current form, unbeaten in 6!
    Playing for Mowbray now.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Short sleeves and shorts … maybe for the players !!!! Just been out in jeans and sweatshirt – def not short weather and it’s gonna p1ss down this arvo

  • dem

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa Bingo

    Anita Lascelles Hanley Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Diame Atsu


  • gaz 44

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Been waiting for it all morning but here it is.. April fools … Rolando making game time I’ve heard it all

  • martoon

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #10

    All of you (including Ed) putting Hayden in your starting lineups – I can’t see Rafa starting him after just returning from injury. I think Colback is nailed on to start and Hayden will be a sub later.

  • toontaff2

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Rain – A dampener on proceedings!! 😯

  • toontaff2

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    RAFA might have a trick up his sleeve for April 1st – Sammy to start? 😆

  • toontaff2

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #13

    I hope RAFA has a plan to stop Squidward!

  • posada

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Where are you.
    Bobby Bee.
    Lets be having you.
    Charlie in the G
    Come On !

  • posada

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Well that’s my Delia moment out of the way.
    Hangover feels a bit better than it did earlier as well.

    Diame. I think he will start. He was too much for them physically down at Wigan. Think he will fancy it, but can he deliver.

  • Legolas

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Rafa Bingo selection


    Anita Lascelles Hanley Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Colback Gouffran




    3-0 win.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Matchday woohoo,

    St James here I come.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d go along with martoon re. Hayden, don’t think he’ll be a starter.

    Rafa bingo


    Anita Lascelles Hanley Dummett

    Shelvey Colback

    Ritchie Perez Gouffron


    3-1 to us

    I wouldn’t have HT anywhere near the squad never mind starting but I suspect Rafa will start him.

    Other surprises could be Gamez for Anita.

    Murphy will probably come on later in the game although against the hard Wigan defence is possibly a better option.

    Aarons has missed virtually two seasons just hope we do see him playing some games at some point this season.

    Bet the bus leaves just as I click the submit button.

  • magspuggy

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    3-1 the toon Gayle gonna score.

    Udders’ will go teets up

    We are united and we are going to win the league

  • toon kk

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Why do so many come up with these ridiculous win score results? Toontaff2
    5-1? Wishful thinking! Expect a tough game and a lot of back and sideways football (which is Rafa’s style) and hopefully we’ll catch them on the break and nick the points. Be realistic and the expectations and pressure won’t spill onto the pitch, making players nervous.

  • magspuggy

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21

    I was going to go 5-1 with Darlow to score

    Shoot for the Stars and settle for three points

    Why the hell not

    Somebody’s due a tonking at home

  • lesh

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #22

    sing in the corner

    From previous thread…….

    The point about Rafa’s softly-softly approach to home games affecting the crowd is valid. However, as he’s referring to our final eight games as a mini-league provides the opportunity to work on the players mind-sets. If he can get the players to see that the new, mini-league is a new one, a new challenge and put previous games behind them.

    If Rafa can instill a confidence that drives them, motivates them to play with the confidence to win every game, play to win and entertain the fans then the season should end in a flourish.

    The fans can help by trying, and yes it’s not easy, to stay behind the lads by cheering them on, let them feel they’re part of the 52000 at SJP, then they’ll overcome their home game nerves…… I hope.

    On thread, if Rolando tries to live a lifestyle that’s conducive to fitness, he could become a helluva player. He should look no further than Andy Carroll as a perfect example of how potential can be ruined by a party lifestyle.

  • AncientC

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Absolute must win game today. Wigan will be thinking the same, as, if they can win this game, that will put them on a good trajectory to claim safety.

    We are already 13th in the Championship form table. A loss today to a bottom side, especially after a break, would be unthinkable. It would see us hurtling towards the bottom of the form table too, indicating that promotion is very much out of the balance.

    A very professional 1-0 win would do nicely. There is too much on the line for showboating at this point – the side isn’t familiar with playing that way. Not that a swarming victory wouldn’t be appreciated.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Ancient…Agreed. There are things we want and then things we need.

    We need points, how we get them is secondary. Then adios Championship.


  • AncientC

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Kevin Mirallas on the bench for Everton. I was just reading he has 1 year left on his contract this summer – so possibly would be available for a reasonable price. He would be a good replacement for Gouffran.

  • BenArfa the magician

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #26

    I would be very surprised if Rolando will ever kick on. At 21 he’s not a world beater and due to his bloody awful injury record he had lost some pace before his worse injury. happened. Would love him to stay fit and become an awesome winger but just can’t see it.

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Surprise surprise tomato ketchup in ya eyes…

  • toonincheek

    Apr 1, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    I don’t know exactly how Aarons’ injuries have come about.
    Some playing – some in training.

    But after so many injuries, his own mind MUST be affected,
    and in a game where 100% commitment is required, you have to
    wonder if he can overcome mental problems, let alone any
    physical problems.


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