Injury analyst Ben Dinnery tweeted the following update about Florian Lejeune’s recovery yesterday.
Florian Lejeune will step up his recovery from an ACL knee injury this week if he gets the all-clear from a specialist. The centre-back has been sidelined since the beginning of April after suffering his second serious knee ligament injury within the space of nine months. #NUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) September 2, 2019
It looks like Florian is getting closer to returning to full training. Hopefully, he will get the necessary clearance from the specialist this week and be able to further step up his recovery.
However, there is no reason to rush Lejeune back. He has suffered two major knee injuries, and Newcastle should take every precaution necessary to ensure he is ready when he returns.
Another reason not to rush Florian back into action is the play of local lad Paul Dummett. Paul has slotted into the left side of the back three and put in top performances this season.
Dummett, who last season had his own injury woes, is not taking his place in the team for granted. He seems determined to continue in the team and is doing whatever he can to make sure he does just that.
Paul recently made the decision to give up international duty for Wales as he told Welsh manager Ryan Giggs that he would be unavailable for selection.
The twenty-seven-year-old spoke to the Chronicle about his decision to halt his international career:
“It was obviously a difficult decision because playing for your country is an honour.
“But I have had my fair share of injuries over time, and I just felt that coming at this time of my career, I want to play for Newcastle and earn a new contract here.
“My main focus is to be fit playing for Newcastle and stay here for the rest of my career.”
Paul will need to stay fit and continue to perform at the high standard he has set this season. Florian Lejeune is one of the best defenders at the club and once fit will be immediately pushing for a first-team place.
Newcastle a loaded with quality players at the back in captain Jamaal Lascelles and Swiss star Fabian Schar. Back-ups Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark have also been solid whenever they have gotten on the pitch. When Florian returns, there will be no shortage of players fighting to get into the back three.
Dummett will have to continue his approach. All he can control is his performances in training and in games. For right now, Paul has given up international football to fully focus on Newcastle.
When asked if he was retiring from playing for Wales, Paul was not closing that door just yet:
“I don’t know. We will have to see what happens in the future. I have to see with the age I am at and the stage of my career.
“It made sense for now. I want to be fit and playing well for Newcastle. That is my main priority. Being here and playing well for Newcastle will only help my situation and help me play longer.”
Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Month For August?
- Fabian Schar (29%, 251 )
- Isaac Hayden (29%, 249 )
- Paul Dummett (21%, 182 )
- Christian Atsu (10%, 87 )
- Joelinton (5%, 45 )
- Martin Dubravka (3%, 29 )
- Miguel Almiron (2%, 19 )
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