Rolando Aarons has seen his comeback preparations thwarted with two matches cancelled on consecutive days this week.
Aarons revealed that he was due to get 45 minutes for the reserves against Everton on Monday, only for the team to find out only 10 minutes from the ground that the match was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.
Then on Tuesday, the winger says a friendly was organised (presumably to give those that didn’t get to play on Monday some pitch time) and the that was also cancelled.
Despite this, Rolando Aarons hopes to get maybe some minutes as a substitute against Watford on Saturday but then it is unlikely that he would be in any shape to play a part in the match he looks forward to most each season.
The winger admitting that he is a big Manchester United, saying that he supported them from being a kid, which is a bit obvious really, what with him being born in Kingston, Jamaica, and then growing up in Bristol…
After a horrendous 2015, where he has been either injured and then almost totally ignored by both John Carver and Steve McClaren (played only 83 minutes of Premier League football) when he has been fit.
Newcastle are desperate for a player(s) who can take his man on and create chances/crosses, Rolando Aarons has promised that in flashes but is he capable of now stepping up?
Rolando Aarons talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“Frustrating to go all the way to Southport (Under 21s v Everton) and then told it was off when we were 10 minutes away.
“Then we had a friendly arranged the next day and that was called off as well. It wasn’t meant to be but I’, happy to be back fit and available to play games.
“I have been out a long time and injuries play on your mind a bit, so just nice to be back with the boys, travelling and getting used to away trips again.
“The whole of 2015 was pretty hard for me obviously because I didn’t really get a lot of games, I wasn’t available a lot and when I was, I wasn’t really playing as much.
“It is kind of hard mentally to stay…I wouldn’t say focussed, but stay in tune and like prepared, when you are not really playing so much. I think now I am back and have been through a lot, I think I’m more prepared this year for football.
“You sign a few players, so a stronger squad and more quality, it has helped me as well because I feel like I have improved. I’m just going to train as good as I can and be ready for if I’m ever needed.
“The game against Everton I thought we defended well and showed what we are about in the second half. The game against Arsenal, I thought we played much better than them – stuff like that makes you really want to play for this club. The way the fans were against Everton, it makes you miss football a lot.”
‘A chance you could be involved against Watford?’
“I would like to be involved in every minute of every single game. Would have been nice to have played the 45 minutes I was meant to play against Everton but it wasn’t meant to be. I hope I can get a few minutes out against Watford and take it from there. I have never played in the FA Cup so it would be good to get a chance.”
‘Then Manchester United, that is always a special game?’
“I supported Manchester United growing up as a kid…obviously I support Newcastle now!
“The fixtures (v Man Utd) are always special to me and I look for them at the start of the season, even when I was in the youth team. Should be a good game, after the Arsenal one we shouldn’t fear anyone as we proved we are a good team.”