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Another Terrible Injury For Florian Lejeune

Luke Edwards of the Telegraph is reporting that Florian Lejeune has suffered another ACL knee injury yesterday and is likely to be out for a lengthy period – again.

It probably means he will go back to Rome and be operated on once again by Professor Paolo Mariani – but we’ll not get too far ahead of ourselves.

It’s the other knee this time, but our hearts go out to the Frenchman and hope he can get back to playing again as soon as possible.

Florian Lejeune – badly injured in second half yesterday

He showed tremendous guts and courage last summer and came back within four months to play again.

But the main thing for the 27-year-old is to have a complete recovery.

This is terrible luck for the Frenchman.

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36 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Apr 7, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope I am wrong but with Rafas latest comment ‘we are not close’ ….

    I cant see him signing a contract, let’s face it boys Rafa is far too good a manager for this owner.

    Pards, Kinnear, Carver, McLaren were all yes men.

    KK and Rafa were/are not.

    Only one result

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Trying to put a positive spin on things.

    The incident Florian was involved in looked
    fairly innocuous .
    The fact that it was his untreated knee leads
    one to think that he may have had an inherent
    weakness in his ACL’s .
    Going under Prof Mariani’s knife again may be
    for the good , in the fullness of time.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 7, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    There was a few of us who noted that before he went into the tackle that Lejuene was struggling and seemed to be in discomfort. It’s possible that he’d already done some damage earlier, maybe a tear. He seemed a little late / slow to that tackle when he went down so may have caused serious damage to an earlier minor injury. Perhaps that earlier injury should have been picked up on ? In rugby they’re quick to spot and deal with such situations.
    Just a thought.

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    The best hope we have is that there still
    may be a buyer lurking and one of their
    conditions is, Rafa is part of the package.

  • Toondog2

    Apr 7, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib ,

    I wish

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 7, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Shocking luck for Lejeune. Quality player, another exceptional purchase from Rafa at a bargain $9 million.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7


    I think the trouble is the Mansours were / would have been our meal ticket and potential owners like that don’t come around very often. Of all the charges levelled at Ashley I think the ”what could have been ” under the Mansours will always be the hardest to swallow and will haunt us for a long time.

    300M doesn’t seem a lot but it’s all the additional investment needed at probably that price again minimum and the fact we don’t technically own the real estate, that will surely deter any would be buyers.

  • Nufc 4ever

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I honestly Beleave Rafa will not sign under fatman why would he. Doesent need the money and can walk into most jobs in football. Why would he want to deal with the likes of Yedlin who is a very poor defender most goals come through his inability to defend. Almiron is far to good for the average players around him hence why Rafa won’t sign. People on here ie 1987 haven’t got a clue love Rafa to stay because that means he gets what he wants but won’t happen under fatty

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    A bad result yesterday after a not too bad performance, Lejeune getting injured and Rafa’s contract extension looking dodgy doesn’t help the general mood around the place.
    Things are not as bad as they seem. They’re worse!!

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry to say Toon Nation but I think we will get killed by Leicester, Rodgers has them playing much better football than a few months back.
    I only hope that Cardiff does not use our defeats as there revival tactic.

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    The strange thing is:-
    Señor Benitez is such an honourable man
    that if we were to be relegated he would feel
    duty bound to give us at least another season
    to bring us back up.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13


    Yes he is an honourable man but everyone has a tipping point. If we went down again, at nearly 60 it would just be too draining for the guy when he knows that even if we came back immediately the elephant in the room is always going to be there and seemingly very little anyone can do about that scenario.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry Jib,

    I have to disagree……that’s a scenario where Rafa won’t stay (not that I believe it will happen)

  • posada

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Not happy at all with Shelvey.
    Changed the balance of our team in a negative way as soon as he came on.
    Arrogantly trying the Hollywood balls that had no chance of coming off. All it did was give possession cheaply to Palace.
    Thought during the game that when he came on suddenly we were not able to contain them when we lost possession. They seemed to be able to break at will.
    Watched some of it again.
    Noted his body language is awful. Just stands static with both arms out saying give it to me.
    Watch when Almiron gets tackled in midfield prior to their goal. He could not have stopped it, but watch him – Jogs back. Barely above a walking pace.

    Dreadful. Get rid. If we get money so much the better.

  • posada

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    If we need one point to stay up in a few weeks we can’t ask the replay this game.

  • toon22

    Apr 7, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Imho Rafa staying would require MA selling
    I doubt anyone would trust a thing he said,even if it was in a contract

    MA has no intention of selling

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye Rafa’s 59 a week on Tuesday
    Poor beggar probably hoped this would be his last gig
    He signed for Lpool for 10 years (2 five year contracts)
    and their owners at the time , blew him off as well.

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Hello toon 22
    when were top of the injury league in 2015
    you posted this

    May 28, 2015 at 9:27 PM
    Comment #8
    We won something !!
    Tara MA !

    change your name to fifty-faced froggy

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #20


    In depth Hayden interview.

    Some were recently talking about his form suggesting he could be looking to stay. I never agreed with this idea and he is still adamant about wanting to move closer to family.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Think it was only him and lascelles that stayed back to clap the fans yesterday. That type of attitude doesn’t get pointed out often enough.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    I wonder if lejuene being out now that reverting to a back four is a real option now.

  • lesh

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #23


    You do realise that comments such your recent ‘We need a modern attack-oriented coach. Rafa and Mourinho are relics of the past’ are music to Ashley and Bishop’s ears?

    You should know how the Ashley-Bishop alliance likes to play the fans, divide opinion to create some anti-Rafa noise – posts like your earlier one play right into their hands

    Instead of calling for Rafa’s head, shouldn’t fans be united with one voice – Ashley out? He is the problem, he controls the purse strings and dictates transfer policy, he is the one that should be bounced out of Newcastle United.

    Jib….. A good post @2, from whence did you copy it?

  • geordietom

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #24

    i like a few people on here are waiting for TOON22 to answer NYMAG’S question off a couple of nights ago . but i wont hold my breath on that …

    we still have 5 games left to get at least one win to keep us safe …

  • geordietom

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    gutted about the result yesterday but we move on to the next game leicester 8pm on friday … you never know we might nick a point …

  • lesh

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib @12

    Yes, Rafa’s an honourable man who’s done his best under an owner who’s lied to him and seemingly gone out of his way to make life difficult for Rafa.

    Rafa’s looking for a project but after three years of lies, an owner whose sole ambition appears to be remaining in the Prem and with no real change in prospect, Rafa’s unlikely to want to put up with any more of it. He’ll want to finish his football management career on a high and I doubt it’ll be with us.

    We owe Rafa a lot as he’s challenged Ashley to share his ambition for the club but we can but wait until the end of the season to see how things pan out. It’s gonna seem like a long wait.

  • Toonces

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #27

    The club has been caught in a spell of complacency at the wrong time regarding our status for next season.

    We seem to be backing into the end of the season instead of taking it head on. The players really need to have a look at themselves and even Rafa may have inadvertently sent the wrong message.

    Rafa said he wouldn’t talk about a new contract until we were safe. He said we would need 38 points points to do that this season but it used to be 40 points. Why drop targets?

    We are only on 35 points but we hear he has started talking about a new contract and he seems to have confirmed this. Why change his stance unless he thought we were already safe? Assuming that out of the remaining fixtures we will just get the three points needed with our match on the last day against Fulham circled?

    Some players were saying how our win against Man City had saved our season – it did trigger a good run of form but of late the players as a group now seem to think “job done.” The poor displays in the last two matches were like a team looking ahead to vacation and not to fighting a relegation battle.

    Our place in the table before the break was not real. Several clubs below us had games in hand over us. Their survival instincts are kicking in. Burnley, Southampton and Cardiff are playing with seemingly more intensity and desire than us. Brighton have still been poor but they have two games in hand on us thanks to their cup run. Cardiff and Southampton each have one.

    The players, even the manager, need to pick up the level of intensity and match that of the other clubs in this relegation scrap. Leicester is the next shot a three points. We need our best effort. The job isn’t done yet.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 7, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #28

    “The players, even the manager, need to pick up the level of intensity…”

    You seriously think Rafa has been slacking off?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 7, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Yeah there was no desire or intensity second half yesterday unlike the Everton game.
    Shelvey waste of space
    Almiron playing to deep to have any impact on the game with his pace- should of been playing on the shoulder of Rondon

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 7, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Cardiff have averaged less than a point a game so far this season. They have 6 games left, and are effectively 8 points behind us taking into consideration GD.

    They still have to play Liverpool and Man U… that = 0 points…this leaves them 4 games to average 2 points a game, they’re as good as relegated, maybe Brighton might give them a run for their money.

    Our biggest issue is keeping hold of Rafa, if we don’t we’ll do a Cardiff next season.

  • Toonces

    Apr 7, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Ron @ 28 – Yes I think he is guilty of some mixed messages lately. 38 points to safety instead of 40, won’t talk about contract until safe but has started talking before that, etc.

    Shot @ 30 – The players are thinking the same as you. Complacency. Relying on Cardiff to be poor instead of doing our best.

    We are now in a run of form with only 4 points from our last 5 matches.

    This is a funny old game. We need to get everyone pulling hard together to finish the season.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m sure there are plenty of managers who would love to be in Rafa’s position. But I’m also sure that there aren’t plenty of managers of Benitez’s calibre and track record who really need it. He has nothing to prove here, it would make no sense or impress any future employer any more if he hung around perennially trying to get a concert-grade violin solo out of a battered fiddle.

    We are looking at the end game, the run-in, the slow walk to the disappearance of a good manager then facing an off season with the PR onslaught that goes with the search for another manager willing to work under the fat dictator. The list of those willing must be getting tellingly thin, especially among the elite who can plainly look at a long record of penny pinching and brinkmanship and think “what’s the point?”

    Trouble as I see it is the PR – although specious and blatant, usually wins out as the gullible and self centred play along time after time dancing to Ashley’s tune every time he pipes up with promises of spending, winning “things” or bolting animals to carts.

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #33

    I fancy Everton to “do” the Gooners at Goodison

  • Mag52

    Apr 7, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Trust is something hard won and easily lost.
    The chances that we’ll have Rafa next season must be pretty slim as he can’t trust the b@@gger.

  • Mag52

    Apr 7, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Oops. Only one @ in b@gger.

  • Toondog2

    Apr 7, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Wolves 2 nil up

    Where did we go wrong


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