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Newcastle’s Returning Star Describes ‘Strange’ Experience That ‘Crowd’ Helped Him Through



Florian Lejeune’s long journey back from his second knee injury came to a dramatic climax last Saturday against Crystal Palace. The Frenchman made his return and played the full ninety minutes in an emotional win, which saw Miguel Almiron bag his debut goal for Newcastle.

It was a magnificent sight to see Florian back on the pitch. To us, it looked like he’d played all season long. He didn’t seem to have any rust to shake off.

However, Lejeune had a different take on the game. Speaking to the Chronicle, Florian described his experience coming back after being out for over eight months:

“It was difficult for me as it was my second injury. I worked very hard to come back. I have been out for eight months, I hope things are normal now and I can play.

“It was strange because the first 15 minutes on the pitch all felt new again. After that, I felt I could do more. I didn’t think it would be my best game but for my first game after eight months, I’m happy.”

The strange feeling that Florian describes will have been all too familiar to him. He went through the same thing last year while returning from his first knee injury.


However, like last year it didn’t take him too long to get comfortable. He reminded us all what a classy player he is. Though, Lejeune didn’t think he was at his best. He was happy to get through the game with a little help from the fans.

Florian continued:

“It wasn’t the best game but we tried to keep the clean sheet. It was an opportunity for us. It was an amazing end to the game.

“I’m happy for the game and the three points. The stadium was incredible against Palace.

“The first three or four balls were important for me. To feel the tackle again, it is important for you in the head.

“After that, I didn’t think about the injury and could just play. The crowd helped me through.”

Steve Bruce has some decisions to make on Florian over the next 10 days. He’s short at center-back but will not want to overdo it with the 28-year-old just coming back.

We think Bruce will give Florian his second start today and maybe keep him out on Saturday in the hope that Paul Dummett can return.


27 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    The double over Man.U., although not the Man.U.of old, is something to savour.
    HWTL.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Felices Dabizas to all 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Mag52 call me a pessimist but I’m worried about a backlash from them after Watford. Lejeune is a lovely footballer but I’m not sure he’s a great centre half, perhaps not a “defenders defender” ?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Crystal Palace goals 15 #shots/game 9.8
    Manchester Utd goals 26 #shots/game 14.7

    The defence is going to come under a lot more scrutiny today away from home, which makes me believe Bruce will play a more substantial midfield.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Good result for NUFC.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    3 hours 5 Minutes to KO

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh god P45due in the pundits chair on Prime! What a tw@t he is!

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  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Moonraker15
    I’m watching on beIN
    Pardew is better than Gray and Keys
    believe me

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    If I can get a family visit out of the way I will probably get to pub, surrounded by man u wankers 🙁

    1
  • DaveD1000

    Dec 26, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew is paired with Germaine Genius in his own head

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    manquillo was good through preseason and possibly in the last game or two of last season. hes either playing for a new contract or hes matured and realised this is his last chance. hopefully hes playing for a contract at us and not doing a perez.
    its still risky giving him a big deal. imagine we give him a new 4 year deal and he goes back to being what he was for 90% of the last few years. i tend not to trust short term form as every dog has its day, but if he can keep it up another five games id give him 3 more years.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Glad to see him back

    3
  • Moonraker15

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Jib
    Yes I agree and what Pardew says is spot on actually but I just can’t take him seriously I don’t know why! He’s so bloody arrogant. You’re right about Gray and Keys as well! A right pair they are!

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone putting a bet on a red card for McTominay?

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    ShirebrookToon how are you?

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  • DaveD1000

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Gosling scored for b’mouth

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  • DaveD1000

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Arteta has a job on. Watching this Arsenal is like watching a bad tribute band

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  • AncientC

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    90/1 on offer for Newcastle to beat Man Utd 2-0. Man Utd in their current state; I don’t think beating them 2-0 is such an outlandish idea.

    I hope Matty Longstaff is playing today. Pogba will be putting himself in the shop window… I would love to see Matty’s enthusiasm and drive up against Pogba’s misplaced hubris.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #20

    results not going our way. we need to hope the bottom three keep losing. if one or two of them go on a run like southampton have it could take 40 pts to be safe this year.

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  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #21

    You may get an idea of the team from this
    https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/1210232633034264578

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Arsenal look better already even though they aren’t winning!

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  • DaveD1000

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #23

    moonraker
    looks like 2 up front now

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  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #24
  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #25

    0-2 Not good.

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  • martoon

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Neil wins Rafa bingo – he got the team spot on 😀

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #27

    very happy with that line up. looks a lot more positive than normal. i can see us creating chances.

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