Salomon Rondon was brought in this summer by Rafa Benitez as his new best hope for goals this season.
The Venezuelan striker arriving as part of a swap loan deal that saw Dwight Gayle going the other way for the duration of this season.
Coming on as a sub against Spurs and then starting in the Man City and Chelsea matches, it was a tough beginning to his Newcastle career.
The forward doing well in a lone role, with the promise of better to come once he got fully fit and Newcastle started playing lower placed teams.
He did excellent work when making Yedlin’s goal at Man City, whilst off the bench as a sub in the League Cup at Forest, he produced a superb finish which promised better to come.
Then came Palace two and a half weeks ago, Salomon Rondon only lasting 45 minutes before a thigh injury forced him off.
Whilst Rafa Benitez stated that the striker would miss at least a couple of weeks, when Newcastle released an official statement about the injury, you feared the worst.
They said that they would have to wait and see what the extent of the injury was but normally when the club go to the bother of a special announcement like that, it almost always ends up being a lengthy spell out.
However, it appears to be better news on Tuesday afternoon, as Salomon Rondon has posted a video (see below) of him working out at the gym, along with the comment “Time out… but I never stop!”
I’m no medical expert but it suggests to me that the club and player must be hoping/confident that rest and strengthening exercises can sort the problem out, plus the international break helping, as by the time Newcastle line up against Brighton, it will have been four weeks since he picked up the injury.
Rafa Benitez actually revealed when the player picked up the injury, that Rondon had never been fully fit since arriving at the club. So fingers crossed that these four weeks will have got him sorted.
Yoshinori Muto looked very good on Saturday at Old Trafford and with a fully fit Salomon Rondon alongside him, there could just be the hint of a more potent attacking side to NUFC in the near future.
— Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) October 9, 2018
Newcastle United official announcement – 27 September 2018:
Salomón Rondón will miss Saturday’s match against Leicester City after sustaining a thigh injury during last weekend’s draw at Crystal Palace.
The Venezuelan striker, who is on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, was withdrawn from the match at Selhurst Park at half time.
Rondón is undergoing treatment with the Magpies’ medical team and further assessment of the extent of the injury will be made in due course.