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Lejeune Out For The Season – It Doesn’t Look Good

Newcastle have confirmed something we really already knew – that Florian Lejeune is out for the rest of this season – which finished with a game at Fulham on Sunday 12th May – when hopefully we will be safe from relegation.

There is not specific prognosis of the knee injury other than it’s a serious injury and we suppose it’s likely to be another ACL injury – but on the other knee this time.

Florian suffered a severe ACL injury last July in training and was out for over four months recovering from it.

Florian Lejeune – in action on Saturday

Here’s the Newcastle announcement today:

Newcastle United can confirm defender Florian Lejeune sustained a significant knee injury during Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old was forced off on a stretcher during the second half at St James’ Park after injuring his left knee – not the knee h injured during pre-season which saw him miss the start of the campaign.

Lejeune has been ruled out for the remainder of the current season and further updates on his recovery will be provided in due course.

The Frenchman had been ever-present for the Magpies in the Premier League since his return to action at the start of January, taking his 2018/19 tally to 13 appearances in all competitions.

Even though he suffered an ACL last July Florian has still managed to make a contribution to the team this season.

Rafa is a huge favorite of the Frenchman and the manager has already said we will miss him for the final vital five games this season.

We just have to hope the injury is not as bad as first feared.

If anybody deserves a break it’s the courageous Frenchman.

UPDATE – Florian has said it is an ACL injury and the exact same injury as last July – but to the other knee – how unlucky can you get.

We’ll have to support the 27-year-old over the summer as he recovers from this latest setback.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • barkel

    Apr 8, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    He has confirmed on his instagram account that it is an ACL and he requires surgery

  • hibbit

    Apr 8, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2


    Apr 8, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #61
    Transfer Sage
    as you say “Nothing is guaranteed in football” but the odds are heavily stacked against any manager being a success with ashLIE as the owner

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 8, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #3

    barkel, I saw your link to that earlier, thanks for sharing.

    You have to wonder if Lejeune had an inherent weakness in his knee ligaments – maybe genetically pre-disposed to having them a little longer than they should, allowing the leg to over-extend, or maybe something that was caused by some kind of training / sport activity in his youth.

    Otherwise he’s been really unlucky to have both knees go the same way within 12 months.

    I remember taking archery lessons at scouts decades ago and the instructor could tell I swam a lot (I was swimming age-level County standard at the time) by the way my elbows over-extended – they would flex past 180 degrees and the bowstring would catch them as it went past. It was really painful.

    Are knees the same?

  • Tsunki

    Apr 8, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Transfer @59 last article – yes we did get Rafa but my point is that he is the first top of the line manager in Ashley’s tenure and probably came on the back of many promises to support a growing project. Now that has been publicly shown to be patently not the case, the spectacle of Benitez being forced to cobble a team of turnover prospects at the bargain level season after season will not attract that like again imho. If it could, Rafa wouldn’t leave in the first place.


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