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Injury Analyst Highlights Concern For Player Returning From Injury

Chris Waugh with the Athletic has published an article on Newcastle’s three-man defensive system. In it, he highlights the importance of Florian Lejeune to the team.

Injury Analyst Ben Dinnery tweeted a response to the article detailing his concern if Florian is allowed to return too soon.

We would expect that every precaution will be taken to make sure Lejeune is as ready as possible for his return. However, as Dinnery points out there is an increase in the chance of re-injury for players returning within nine months.

Florian returned to training last week and has been touted for a possible return to the pitch later this month. His most recent injury occurred on April 6th against Crystal Palace. If Florian does return in October, it would be slightly over six months since his injury.

When Lejeune suffered his first injury in the summer of 2018, he made his return at Chelsea on January 12th. Interestingly that corresponding fixture is Newcastle’s next match on October 19th.

However when Florian returned in January, Rafa had him training for close to a month before putting him back in the team. It was still, however, only around 6 months after the initial injury. Less than three months later, Florian injured his other knee.

Newcastle really don’t have to rush Florian back as they have plenty of cover in central defense. Paul Dummett has played well this year and Ciaran Clark slotted in seamlessly against Manchester United last Sunday.

If Newcastle did keep Lejeune out until the nine month mark, that would keep him out until the new year. That is highly unlikely to happen. Though we would like to see his involvement slowly ramped up over the next few months. There is just no reason to push Florian at this point especially considering his recent injury history.

6 comments so far

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    We have already seen the traitor rush players back, to be injured again so far this season

  • Genjikai

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Where is it in the accounts the money paid to nufc for the strawberryplace land?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3


    Re. your earlier comment on red and yellow cards, as I have said many times.

    The refs against the Toon cartel, is real and active.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    “If it were true he would welcome regulation that would put a sensibly run Newcastle United on a more level playing field with other clubs that overextend themselves.”


  • Mindshaft

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Always good when a club has an inspirational message to the team as they walk out onto the pitch


    3 shots for a quid and a free lapdance anyone?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib, Martoon presumably pays nowt to Mike Ashley for using the club crest, an unofficial usage obviously. However, every official mug, shirt, poster, programme, book, dvd, scarf, hat or pen – in short every piece of merchandise sold in the club shop and elsewhere – which displays the club crest will mean that the holder of the Royalties for the crest is paid in kind.

    Who owns the club crest?

    MASH Holdings, Mike Ashley’s personal holding company.


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