Date: 22nd August 2019 at 5:31pm
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Many Newcastle supporters have been replying with mixed responses to an official club post on Twitter, after United shared images of Andy Carroll and Florian Lejeune out on the training fields at Darsley Park.

Carroll made his return to Tyneside on Deadline Day as a free agent following his release by West Ham United, but is unable to make his second Magpies debut as he departed the Irons on the back of his second ankle surgery inside a year.

The Toon product is understood to have pinpointed our trip to Anfield on September 14 as the game he intends to make his comeback in.

Lejeune, on the other hand, has not been seen in Black and White since last April, when the French defender suffered his second serious knee injury inside a year, having missed much of the campaign through a Cruciate Ligament Rupture.

No return date has yet been announced for the 28-year-old, who, like Carroll, has stepped up his return to action by taking to the fields at Darsley Park in a bid to edge closer to a full return to first-team training.

Carroll and Lejeune are two of our long-term absentees nursing their way back to fitness under the close guidance of the club’s medical team, with Christian Atsu still on the sidelines after suffering a severe hamstring injury during this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.

DeAndre Yedlin, meanwhile, returned to first-team training ahead of the Premier League curtain-raiser with Arsenal after undergoing surgery in the summer break on a groin problem, and is expected back in action in the next few weeks.

Dwight Gayle is another absentee, at present, with the striker ruled out with a calf injury that reappeared at the end of our pre-season tour of Asia after initially sustaining the blow in Nanjing.

Here’s how these Newcastle fans reacted to the club’s post showing Carroll and Lejeune back on the grass at Darsley Park…

 
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