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This Is Really Good News About Florian Lejeune

Florian Lejeune had surgery on his left knee performed in Rome this week by Professor Paolo Mariani who did a great job last summer with the same operation on the other knee.

The Rome-based specialist had Lejeune back ready to play in about four months after his first Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.

We hope Florian can make just as good a recovery this time around.

And players do come back stronger after the operation these days – it’s not just a throw-away line.

Florian Lejeune – vows to come back stronger

Rafa gave a positive update in his press conference yesterday, and it’s good news for the French center-back,

This is what Rafa said:

“He had the operation,” Everything has gone well, and as we were expecting.”

“The timescale is that we will see how he’s progressing in a couple of months, and see how long he will take.”

“We have to give him time.”

“We sent him to Rome to a specialist, and he did a great job. He did a great job with the other knee.”

“He has already started his rehabilitation, so hopefully, it will be quite quick.”

“We were doing our research about injuries after an operation, and if you have both knees, the stats say it will be very hard for him to have the same injury.”

“Now he should be stronger.”

Florian has vowed to come back stronger after his rehabilitation.

We believe him –  and best of luck to the courageous Frenchman.

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9 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 19, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Injuries to the players on the training ground when manoeuvring in and out of the wheelie bins will be minimised by the introduction of a hoist system according to the club.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 19, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Lindinfarne has a point about club valuation.

    When stavely was knocking about, so end of 2017 and start of 2018 , chronicle had two separate people in sports business give their opinions and valuations

    Dan Plumley, senior lecturer in sports business management.
    Valued the club at between 200-300m.

    Senior teacher in accountancy and PriceOfFootball guy.
    Valued anywhere between 260-280m as fair.

    Fast forward a year, how suddenly does the club become valued at £350m, the reported figure that Ashley wants?

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 19, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Wishing you a speedy recovery . Hurry back we need you !

  • the ledge

    Apr 19, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5


    Apr 19, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Injuries to the players on the training ground when manoeuvring in and out of the wheelie bins will be minimised by the introduction of a hoist system according to the club.

    Ha ha ha cracked me up

  • NY Mag

    Apr 19, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6


    Generally businesses sell for 2-4x their annual revenue (assuming they are operationally healthy). Having said that, football is unique………..so the only two valuations that matter are

    1. What an owner is prepared to sell for
    2. What a buyer is prepared to pay

    The rest is just fluff……

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 19, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I remember reading somewhere that a simple basic and rough estimate is 1.8x the revenue. Can’t remember what method that was called.

    But even then your point about what is one prepared to sell or buy for is the main issue. Going by reports both recent parties statevely and kenyon were looking at less than 300m.

    If a guy who supposedly wants or wanted to sell at the time overvalued it, then the question is only about if Ashley actually wants to sell.

    Imo he doesn’t and something I’ve said for a long time now.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 19, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8


    I have no idea whether Ashley wants to sell or not…….it certainly appears that he’s not desperate to sell (his personal wealth would suggest he doesn’t need to sell).

    As for buyers……they usually buy for two reasons

    They believe a business will be synergistic with another business they own (1+1 is greater than two scenario)
    Or they think they can run the business (and therefore get more out of it) than the incumbents

    As I said football is unique, so there is also the possibility that a mega rich person would simply buy as a status symbol (but that’s becoming more uncommon)

    The buyers for us that have been widely reported in the press (staveley and Kenyon) don’t have other synergistic businesses nor the wealth for it to be a status symbol, so I can only assume they think they can run / grow NUFC more than Ashley has. Which is why they are or have been very cautious on the price,

  • IrishRob

    Apr 19, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    The worry I have is players loose a lot of pace when they get their cruciate done. He’s had two now and he was already very slow to begin with.


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