Lejeune’s Amazing Recovery – He Could Play Now If Pressed

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.

Sun 09 Dec   Newcastle vs Wolves            3:00pm
Sat 15 Dec   Huddersfield vs Newcastle      3:00pm
Sat 22 Dec   Newcastle vs Fulham            3:00pm
Sat 26 Dec   Liverpool vs Newcastle         3:00pm
Sat 29 Dec   Watford vs Newcastle           3:00pm
Wed 02 Jan   Newcastle vs Man United        8:00pm   

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58 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 7, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Good news, no need to rush him as we ain’t desperate at cb

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah OP, it’s probably the only position we’re well covered in.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    We’ve abundance of quality in cb. He can take his time and recover.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Testament to the likes of Schaer and Fernandez that one of our players of the season last time round is not being rushed back.

    Testament to Lejeune himself that he is available for selection so soon. He must be a trooper and a consummate professional to have recovered so well. Lots of hard work has been done and lots of pain suffered to get back this side of Christmas, I have no doubt


    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Is he named in our squad, if not he cant play till january

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Probably get a run out against Blackburn


    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    My big fear is Ashley sells the club to SD, then uses the money to buy out the other share owners, then we officially become owned by SD and Ashley, and he gets what he wants and can continue getting his revenge on us geordies


    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #8

    his perceived revenge that should read

  • geordietom

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #9

    simple question for toon22…

    what you gonna talk about if ASHLEY does’nt sell the club …?

    my guess is you’ll come back at me and say he aint selling …

    so what are gonna talk about …

    1 fishing ?
    2 flower arranging ?
    3 topiary ?
    4 what your having for christmas dinner ?
    5 doing peoples heeds in ?
    6 global warming ?

  • geordietom

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    toon22 does sell the club mistake on comment 9

  • cyprus

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Wright just predicted: 1-3 🙁

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    If I remember correctly it took Lejeune a few games to get up to speed after his last injury, so no immediate recall imo.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #13


    Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka says off-field negotiations
    to sell the club will not distract Rafa Benitez’s players in the P L
    A consortium led by former Chelsea and Man U chief executive
    Peter Kenyon is one of them and it appears Ashley’s
    11-year tenure is now close to an end.
    Dubravka said: “I’ve heard many things about it (the negotiations)
    but the players are not involved in these things. They are trying
    to be focused about their jobs on the pitch.You can notice things
    happening but you want to be a little bit away from that because
    it can go really deep in your mind.
    You want to be focused on your job. We still don’t know what is
    going to happen and it’s hard to say how things will go.”

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #14


    Your Q4 to toon22 is an interesting one seeing as a lot of our bloggers are from other countries, wonder what they might be having?
    If indeed they are having Xmas dinners.

    Dubaimicky, might it be roast camel where you are?

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle Falcons vs Edinburgh tonight
    in the Heineken Cup
    At least one Newcastle side is involved in
    European competition

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #16

    At an attempt to interpret his comments, I reckon he’s said………………………………………..Nowt!

  • Vask

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    How about giving lejeunne a run out in the next round of the check a trade trophy?

  • dig-n-dig22

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #18

    EGB 14

    Frogs Legs

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Bill this phrase caught my eye

    “You can notice things happening”

    What I wonder ?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #20

    A kernel of hope you think?

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #21

    EGB, we have good locally sourced meat here – although it is a little deer.


  • simon376

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Let’s hope so Jib

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Weirdly enough we also have Christmas festivities (not Winterval, or holiday, but Christmas), Santa’s grottos with Filipina elves, Carol singing in the malls, church services in the churches, and no-one gets “offended” – and we are in a muslim country.

  • toon22

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #24

    MA has no intention of selling the club

    It’s the same lie as last year

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #25

    He was a CB for the Toon
    Barry was his first name

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Who am I today ?
    Bishop or Barnes

    Ha ha ha
    I’ve just realised
    toon22 keeps bashing the bishop

    ha ha h ah aho ho he he

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Froggy’s new name
    ha ha ha

  • toon22

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28


    How many of your alt pro MA accounts agree with you ?

    It’s never MAs fault

  • toon22

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Hiya KBA

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Sticky keyboard ?
    now every becomes clear

    Ha ha ha

  • toon22

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #32

    The selling lie didn’t last long before everyone could see it was utter BS

    And the pretend bid to buy that player lasted less


    He’s no intention of selling the club

  • toon22

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #33

    I bet the accounts are in such a bad state he couldn’t sell the club for fear of being reported to the HMRC

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #34

    pass Bishopbasher a tissue

  • yogz69

    Dec 7, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Getting fed up of the negativity on here

  • geordietom

    Dec 7, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #36


    wheres me answer man… ? or do you just scroll past any one who asks you a direct question …seems like it to me …

    jib pmsfl your bash the bishop basher comment…

  • Pearl Geordie

    Dec 7, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #37

    We shld revert to 3 at the back with Lascelles, Lejuene, Fernandez, Clark, Schar and Dummett. Those r very good CBs. We just have to look for good Wing backs.

  • geordietom

    Dec 7, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #38

    what you having mate

    i asked the missus what we having … she said ifits

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Apparently Kenedy has a badly infected toenail

    It sounds trivial

    But believe me it can really effect your
    playing effectiveness.

  • geordietom

    Dec 7, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #40

    so dubaimickys having venison … i’ve heard BARRY’S a bit gamey …


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