On the day he turned 21, Rolando Aarons suffered his most serious injury (against some pretty strong competition) yet.

The winger picking up a freak ACL injury in training.

The Newcastle winger then made a public statement (see below) after the injury seven weeks ago, saying that despite this type of injury being hard to deal with both physically and emotionally, he knows that ‘life comes with challenges’ and he will come out of it ‘a stronger person and footballer’.

Rolando Aarons also thanked everybody for their messages of support and says he understands the frustrations of fans with his injuries.

Now he has followed that original statement up, with new comments pledging that ‘one day I will put all these years of not doing what I love behind me’.

It finally looked as though we were going to get a chance to see what Aarons could do, a stable club under a respected Manager and the chance under Rafa to get more and more games as the season progressed.

If positive thinking counts for anything then the Newcastle player sounds in a good place in battling back from this latest injury – though recent media claims that Rolando Aarons could be back before the end of this season are surely wide of the mark.

With Newcastle at times looking to miss an extra spark in recent games, we’ll never know if Aarons could have been the one to supply it, with Rafa Benitez now admitting he is looking for players who can give him something different in the January window.

Rolando Aarons Tuesday 3 January:

“One day I will put all these years of not doing what I love behind me and become what I believe I can be.

“Miss being out there!

“Sick of talking about injuries and recovery etc but in a very good place at the minute spiritually and mentally.”

Rolando Aarons 17 November 2016:

Rolando Aarons:

“Since making my debut I’ve been unfortunate with injuries, my most recent injury being the worst.

“I’ve had to pick myself up and go again every time and this time will be no different.

“Injuries like this are not only hard to cope with physically but emotionally too.

“Life comes with challenges and knowing myself I’ll come out of this a stronger person and footballer.

“I’d like to thank everyone for the support and well wishes, especially the fans who are frustrated at not being able to see me play much these last few years.

“I have worked my whole life to be able to live my dream as a professional footballer and I’ve come too far to quit.

“God willing next time I step onto St James Park to represent this special club we will back where we belong!

#RA16