The mystery of Florian Lejeune’s knee injury is over as he has revealed via his Instagram account today it’s yet another ACL injury – this time to his left knee.
So the Frenchman will have to undergo another intensive four months or more to recover from this – his second ACL injury in nine months.
Florian Lejeune – another ACL injury
In an Instagram post, this is what Lejeune said today:
“After medical examination, the injury I suffered during the last game is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
“It’s the same problem I had a few months back, but on the other knee. I’ll have surgery, and as I did before.”
“I will come back stronger. Thank you for all your support.”
Before the injury, it looked like it could be another serious one – and this is what manager Rafa Benitez had said:
“He’s a very important player for us in that position – it’s a pity for us.” (ed note – it’s more of a pity for Florian)
“He seems bad,” “It’s the other knee, but it seems bad, so we’ll have to wait and see what the doctor says.”
“He was here after the game, and I was talking with him.”
“Obviously, he was disappointed, and afterward the doctor said we need to assess him, but it seems bad.”
“He says he felt a click in his knee, and that is bad news normally. It’s his left knee.”
Florian is likely to revisit Professor Paolo Mariani in Rome and have the same type of operation and rehabilitation in Rome he had last year before he returns to Newcastle for further rehabilitation.
But it would be a huge surprise if he’s fit for the first Premier League game in August.
The main thing is for Florian to have a full recovery – that’s all that matters right now.
Rafa did bring in center-backs Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez last summer so there is some cover for Florian – who is the first choice when he’s fit.
It’s really tough for the Frenchman but he’s already positive and he’s also right – he will come back stronger than ever.