Siem de Jong may surprisingly still give Newcastle fans a lift this season.

The Dutch midfielder had surgery for a collapsed lung last week and was expected to miss the rest of the season.

However, it is now reported by The Mirror that de Jong should be back in time for the final run-in.

The better news than that though is that by opting to have an operation now, the procedure should rule out any realistic possibility of the lung problem affecting him in the future.

The operation is normally only carried out after the problem has reoccurred a further three times but by having surgery now, The Mirror report that this gets to the bottom of the issue and makes him no more likely than anybody else to suffer from it again.

The surgery was followed by a necessity to stay in hospital for a week afterwards so he could recover and be monitored, though he is now back home recuperating.

Whilst it would be nice to see Siem de Jong back this campaign, surely the only thing that matters is that he is fit and available for the start of next season.

Unless of course Newcastle manage to do the almost impossible and get themselves into relegation trouble, in what is proving to be a pretty poor Premier League.

Though as Lee Charnley said last night, the fans have to step up and support the team rather than questioning if John Carver is good enough for the job.

Read what Charnley had to say HERE.

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