Florian Lejeune has come through his second appearance for the Under-23s unscathed as he continues to make progress in his return from his knee injury.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 4, 2019
Last Monday, Lejeune played the first half in the Under-23s 2-2 tie against Middlesborough. This evening he made it to the 71st minute before being subsituted for by Josh Scott.
Newcastle went on to lose the game on a stoppage-time goal by Aston Villa’s Michael Tait. However, the 70-plus minute run-out for Lejeune is another big hurdle that he has overcome in his latest comeback.
Newcastle have the luxury of taking it easy with Florian due to the form of the other center-backs at the club. The latest to make his mark is Federico Fernandez who since coming in for the injured Fabian Schar has an assist and a goal in his two starts.
Ciaran Clark is another central defender who has taken his chance. He’s started the last four games since replacing Paul Dummett after the Leicester City match. Clark plays on the left side of the back three where Lejeune is usually deployed when fit.
Last week Steve Bruce said that Lejeune won’t be ready for selection until after the November international break. That would mean that Florian won’t be available until the November 25th trip to Aston Villa at the earliest.
However, if Ciaran Clark keeps playing the way he has over the past month, then Florian may have to wait a little longer to make his return.