Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has shared a post-season injury update on his official Twitter account, which will be welcome news at St James’ Park as plans for our next campaign start to ramp up.
The 27-year-old was ruled out for the remainder of the term when he suffered a significant knee injury during our 1-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in April, having only returned from a Cruciate Ligament Rupture at the turn of the year.
The rupture to the centre-back’s knee at the end of the 2017/18 season ensured he missed the first 20 Premier League matchdays of our latest campaign, and the Frenchman did not return until our FA Cup draw with Blackburn Rovers in January.
While the Paris-born ace did not feature in the replay at Ewood Park, the former U20 international looked set to establish himself back in Rafa Benitez’s Premier League plans, and he did not miss a minute before being forced off in the second half against Palace.
Given it was his second significant knee injury inside five-months, fears that he would again miss the start of next season were only natural, but Lejeune has remained ahead of schedule throughout his recovery.
He is currently working to improve the strength in his knee, while also looking to protect it from further blows, in Italy, and shared on Twitter that he will return to Tyneside ‘soon’.
Thanks to all for your incredible support during this season, you were truly amazing and carried us through every game.
I’m currently in Italy where I’m working everyday to strengthen my knee. I will be returning in Newcasltle soon.
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— Florian Lejeune (@lejeune_florian) May 13, 2019
Having Lejeune back for the start of the season would be a welcome boost for Benitez – or whoever our manager may be – as Fabian Schar was United’s only centre-back able to record a better tackles per ninety hit rate than the Frenchman in the Premier League.