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.
What do you think?