In their injury update report, the Chronicle are declaring that Newcastle center-back Florian Lejeune could make the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday.
Lejeune has been back at training for a couple of weeks and has reportedly been impressive in his return.
While this is excellent news, we feel the club should be extremely cautious with Florian. Like the way Andy Carroll has been slowly nursed back into the team, Lejeune should be handled similarly.
There is no reason to rush the 28-year-old back into the side as Newcastle have a wealth of choices in central defense.
Paul Dummett played well in each of his six appearances at center-back while Ciaran Clark came in against Manchester United and was as reliable as ever.
Just last week, injury analyst Ben Dinnery had the following comments about the Frenchman’s pending return from injury:
Concern for Lejeune would be that athletes returning to their previous levels of sport within nine months are around five times more likely to re-injure the knee or suffer an injury to the other knee. Incidence decreases by 51 per cent thereafter month on month.
If Lejeune does come back for the October 19th match, that would be just two-thirds of the time frame Dinnery cites as the ideal length to diminish the risk of re-injury.
While we don’t think it’s reasonable to keep Florian out until the new year if he is showing such promising signs during training. We just hope that caution will rule the day when he does make it back into the team.