There's some welcome injury news for those of a Newcastle persuasion this week, as manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Florian Lejeune is back in light training, and looks set to return 'sooner than expected'.
The centre-back suffered an ACL injury in July which looked like it would keep him out for most of the season, forcing Benitez into the market to sign Swansea's Federico Fernandez as a replacement, but according to the Spanish boss, signs now look good for a return to action ahead of schedule.
Giving credit to the specialists who operated on Lejeune in August, Benitez told the Shields Gazette:
In his first season at Newcastle, Lejeune established himself as one of their first choice centre-backs for large spells, making 24 Premier League starts, before falling out of the team with a minor injury towards the end of the campaign.
He looked set to be an important part of a strong back line in the early stages of this campaign, with Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar offering impressive depth in the central defensive positions, but Lejeune's injury threw a spanner in the works.
While it's unclear, though, just when he will be back in the starting XI, Benitez's words suggest it should be sooner rather than later, and he will offer a boost to their chances of fighting out of their current predicament near the foot of the table.
Source : 90min