Newcastle United have announced that Siem de Jong has had surgery for a pneumothorax (collapsed lung), this is similar to a previous problem that he suffered from when with Ajax in 2013.

De Jong has undergone surgery today and is expected to be out for two months according to an official club statement, although he only missed a month at the start of last season when undergoing treatment for the original problem in that area when at Ajax.

Siem de Jong;

“After four months of hard work getting back to full fitness it is such bad luck to suffer another setback.

“We are all hopeful that the surgery I will have this week will ensure I don’t have any repeat of the condition in the future.”

Sorry for fans and teammates;

“It is very sad for me personally, especially since I was almost back in contention and feeling great. I’m sorry for my teammates, the Club and our fans that I’m not able to help the team for a little while longer.

“I am determined to come back stronger as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone for your support.”

I’m sure that many of you will be like me and wonder if we are ever going to see a fully fit Siem de Jong, the midfielder suffering a number of injuries and illnesses in his final season in Holland and now having a nightmare filled first season on Tyneside.

Here’s to hoping for a fully fit Siem de Jong next season.