Rolando Aarons has at last stepped onto a football pitch for the first time in over 6 months.
The winger’s last appearance was in the 1-0 win over Liverpool at St. James’ Park at the start of November.
Last night he managed 45 minutes and understandably looked nowhere near full fitness, though taht didn’t prevent him striking teh bar with one curling effort.
However, it was Adam Armstrong who showed once again that he is a dominant figure at this level, as he scored two and made the other two in a 4-2 win over Blackburn reserves.
With 11 goals in only 13 reserve appearances this season, Armstrong clearly has an eye for goal. The only question being whether he can translate that onto the Premier League level, in the short or long-term.
Facundo Ferreyra also played the full 90 minutes and missed one sitter but did provide the assist for Armstrong’s second goal. The other scorers being Olivier Kemen and Callum Roberts.
After the match Rolando Aarons appeared to be in good spirits and sent out the following on Twitter:
“First game in 6 months, felt like it too, rusty! But buzzing to be playing. Pushing for match fitness for the last few games.”
It is only 18 days until Newcastle play their final match of the season so teh idea of the winger playing any significant part in proceedings is surely unrealistic.
Maybe the subs bench for that final match against West Ham if still something to play for…