It’s looking like Florian Lejeune is now fit after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training late in July.
That’s just over four months ago, and that’s not long at all given the extent of the injury.
It seems like the surgery carried out by famed Rome-based surgeon Professor Paolo Mariani has been a huge success.
But with Fernandez and Schar playing so well as a duo over the last few games there is no need to risk the Frenchman.
Lejeune could get his first game before the end of the year, and he will likely be introduced as a sub to allow him to ease his way back.
Amazing recovery by Florian Lejeune
Newcastle now have an abundance of talent with Fernandez, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, and Lejeune all available to play in central defense.
Schar is not available for Sunday’s game against Wolves due to suspension.
This is what Rafa has told the Chronicle about Lejeune:
“Lejeune could play now if we wanted.
“But we don’t take any risks so he is getting better and getting stronger.”
“We have to be a team that is compact, well organised and difficult to break down.
“That is the main thing if you want to win games or get results.”
Rafa in his press conference this afternoon has said that Kenedy is definitely available for Sunday’s game at home to Wolves, having missed out on Wednesday night in the creditable 1-1 draw at Everton.
Paul Dummett could also be available – so it’s encouraging we don’t have many injuries with six games to play by January 2nd.
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