Rafa Benitez has given an injury update on Florian Lejeune, and it’s good news.
The French center-back could be back in full training in weeks.
It appears that the surgery and follow-on rehabilitation of famed surgeon Professor Paolo Mariani is paying dividends again.
The defender ruptured his ACL in training in late July and was operated on in early August.
Under Professor Mariani players can return from serious ACL injuries in four to six months and it looks like Florian will be back within that timeframe.
The 27-year-old is already sprinting and doing ball work, and he has had no relapses during his recovery, which is excellent news for him and for Newcastle.
Florian Lejeune – recovering in Rome back in August
This is what Rafa has said about the Frenchman’s recovery:
“The Italian people who did the operation are around, checking, and he’s fine,”
“I don’t want to be too optimistic, but he’s had a couple of training sessions doing the warm-up with the team. “
“On the ball, he can do almost everything, but he has to improve. He has to be stronger, quicker, and after he has to train with the team. “
“After training with the team for a while, we can take the risk of playing him in games. It’s going really well.”
“We’ll see how long it takes, but I think it will be sooner than everybody was expecting at the beginning.”
Great credit has to go to the player himself who has worked really hard to get back playing for Newcastle.
He stayed in Rome with his wife for a couple of months to be under the direct supervision of Professor Mariani, and he’s done really well.
But you cannot rush these things too much – but he could be back playing even by the second half of December?
This is excellent news for Newcastle and for Florian himself, who was outstanding for us earlier this year by helping us escape from relegation and finish 10th in the league.
And there’s going to be some real competition for the central defensive positions when he’s back with Lejeuene, Lascelles, Fernandez, Schar, and Clark all available.
It’s a strong part of our team.