Newcastle winger clarifies injury situation
Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons has dismissed new injury speculation.
At a Hellas Verona press conference, the loan signing stated ‘I want to clarify something, I’ve never hurt my Achilles tendon. I don’t know where that rumour came from. I’m very healthy and very ready’.
Both injuries and indifferent form have been a recurring theme for Rolando Aarons as he has failed to impress Rafa Benitez sufficiently in the near two years the Spaniard has been at the club.
Rafa actually gave the winger the perfect opportunity in the first home game of the Championship season, only for Aarons to put in a shocker and be dragged off at half-time. Then sidelined by Benitez, another injury then came along, with the manager not giving him another chance even when back to full fitness in the second tier.
Despite getting decent pitch-time in pre-season, the return to the Premier League has been a similar story, 10 times named on the bench but only 137 minutes of PL action in total. This included just one start, when Rafa Benitez made multiple changes at home to Manchester City in what looked a damage limitation exercise, as NUFC faced two relegation rivals within the five days that followed the Man City defeat.
A much talked about player but the fact is that Rolando Aarons turns 23 in November and has only started five league matches in his entire career so far.
Despite this new injury speculation, Aarons went straight into the Hellas Verona team.
Second bottom and five points off safety it has been a tough introduction, Aarons’ first two matches being a 2-0 home defeat to fourth placed Roma, then a 1-0 loss at sixth placed Sampdoria.
Monday night sees the challenge getting no easier, as Verona travel to fifth placed Lazio.
With regular football at last, it is the perfect opportunity for Rolando Aarons to shine.
He says he is well up to the challenge, so now is the time for him to show he has what it takes.
Rolando Aarons talking at a Hellas Verona press conference:
“Towards the end of the January transfer market I had a few options.
“For me, the intriguing thing was being able to play in Serie A and test myself in a top foreign league.
“It is a new environment for me but I watch the league and really like it.
“I had history with the manager (Rafa’s former assistant Fabio Pecchia) as well, knowing him from Newcastle, so the move made sense compared to the other choices I had – I’m happy with my choice.
“The first time I had contact with Fabio Pecchia (about a possible move) was in August in a friendly against Newcastle, when he asked if I’d be interested.
“At the time, it didn’t make sense, because I still had a possibility of playing for Newcastle, so when this opportunity came around in January, it was already on my mind. It made it easier for me to make a decision.
“When Fabio was at Newcastle, I got to know him pretty well.
“I know what he likes and doesn’t like, his characteristics, so I didn’t need Rafa to tell me anything. I already knew.”
“I still believe that I can become a top player.
“Obviously I haveve had obstacles with injuries and not playing many games, so it has staggered my progress, but I feel this is the perfect platform to re-establish my career.
“So as well as helping Verona, I can help my own career as well.
“I want to clarify something, I’ve never hurt my Achilles tendon. I don’t know where that rumour came from.
“I’m very healthy and very ready.
“I’m doing what I love, I am out there playing football and the scenario doesn’t change that.
“I have been in a situation of fighting against relegation at Newcastle, so I’m prepared.
“My best role is just to do my job. Wherever the manager puts me I must play to my best ability.
“It’s about Verona and not Rolando Aarons.
“I’m not happy with my performances as yet, I’m very critical of myself, I don’t think I performed to the best of my abilities.
“But I do understand that it takes some time to adapt to a new league and environment.
“I like to forget about the league table, pressure, press and everything else when I play. I focus on winning.
“Maybe I can add quality in the final third. I know the team has struggled to score goals and create chances, so my personal goal is to contribute more to that side of the team.
“The first impressions are that they (Hellas Verona fans) are very similar to the Newcastle fans, they are very proud of their team. I’m obviously very happy to be a player for fans like this. I’m ready.”
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