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Florian Lejeune Progress Report – And The Best Possible Recovery Date

There was a piece we put out this morning on how Rafa Benitez has had to change the way Newcastle play because of the absence of Florian Lejeune in the back four.

Rafa has said Lejeune is strong on the ball and could start attacks from the back, but apparently, that’s not a strength of any of our current fit center-backs – Lascelles, Clark, Schar, and Fernandez.

Lejeune was operated on by a world-renowned surgeon in Italy – Professor Paolo Mariani who was the one who operated on Rolando Aarons two years, and Rolando was back playing in a short four months.

Here’s some information on Professor Mariani.

ACL injuries used to end the careers of players decades ago – like Brian Clough as one example – or they could be out for over a year a short few years ago.

But surgical advances and surgeons of the caliber of Professor Mariani mean that if everything goes well in the rehabilitation, they can be back in four months – amazing.

Benitez used Professor Mariani while he was the Napoli manager and sent Lorenzo Insigne there with a similar knee diagnosis and the forward returned in less than five months.

Florian Lejeune – now recovering from a severe ACL knee injury

Insigne was out from Nov 9, 2014, through Mar 20, 2015 – a total of 131 days – just less than 18 weeks.

Florian had his operation on Tuesday, August 7th so if he does as well as Insigne, he could return to the team around late December – always assuming he doesn’t have any setbacks in his recovery.

That’s probably the very earliest he could come back – sometime in December – and if he can do that – it would be excellent – but the Newcastle medics will take no risks with the Frenchman.

And of course, the club are wise not to put any official recovery date out that may put pressure on the player – we assume he is not going to read this article.


Here’s the tweet sent out by Florian after his surgery and he was a treadmill a few days later – and that was good news.

This is what Rafa had said after the surgery last month:

“Normally this injury, in the past, could be nine months. It depends on what is going on, but it was between six and nine months,”

“Now, in our experience with this surgeon – Professor Mariani – in Italy, it takes less – normally between four and six months. It depends what is going on and if we have any complications.”

“Yes, for sure (we expect Lejeune to play again this season). Last year we had Rolando, and he was fine in four months with the same surgeon.”

“Normally, he will be out between four and six months – if you don’t have any complications.”

It’s now about a calendar month since his surgery and we assume no news is good news and he is progressing well in his recovery.

Here is Florian’s Twitter account if you’d like to send him words of encouragement – it can be very lonely when you are recovering from a severe injury.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 7, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Is it me or are Florian and Sebastian Vettel long lost brothers?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 7, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #2

    How’s he going to play again? Looks like he’s only got 1 leg!! Some surgery that.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 7, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone know any Czech football blogs? Up the slovan liberec!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 7, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Essex is right, it’s not about Rolando having a career at nufc, it’s all about my name!

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 7, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Surgery truly has improved beyond belief. Even simple things. I did my cartilage in my left knee playing football in the late seventies, early eighties.
    Back then they opened the knee up and you were lucky to be playing in three months. Now, it’s keyhole surgery and you can be back in a fortnight. You no longer loose muscle mass associated with any knee operation where they open you up, so a bit of physio and away you go.
    Even not that long ago, an ACL was a season ender – Shearer for example. Amazing.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 7, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    On a serious note, I think the problem with woodman is he wants game time. Here or on loan. His last year next year and if he hasn’t progressed still, he’ll be off without hesitation I reckon.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 7, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #7
  • Jib

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Apparently they put air in tyres now as well ?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #9


    There’s been quite a few one legged footballers at the Toon over the years. 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Cheers Bill, great track, super video. I quite liked the Scissor Sisters version too, though some see it as sacrilege.

    I saw the Australian Pink Floyd at the City Hall a couple of years ago. Not quite the real thing, but you couldn’t tell, they were brilliant.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Great news on Lejeune. According to an article on HITC, he has one month of rehab left, then he’ll start training again. That puts him well on course for a December return. That would be a great Xmas pressie, in my eyes.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Hey Rob, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all
    Together we stand, divided we fall 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Lets hope Lejuene won’t have a set back…it’s nasty injury

  • Toon&oot

    Sep 8, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Great news, for me he is better defensively than Lascelles and is the key figure in our defence.


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